(Closed) Scoliosis…

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have it, too.  I was also super self conscious in my dress.  I started seeing a personal trainer who specializes in orthopedic issues.  We have worked a lot on stretching and lengthening my back as well as building up the muscles on my weak side.  It has made a HUGE difference.  It has also taken away almost all of my pain and I rarely get knots now.

In reality, no one is ever going to notice it the way we do.  We are our own worst critics!

Post # 4
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3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Also you might look into a massage therapist who specializes in neuromuscular therapy (NMT).  That can help significantly!

Post # 7
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1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@rach122:  I do a lot of upper body weight lifting.  The trick is to shift your ribcage in to the correct place while lifting. For example, I lean to the right with my curve.  So, I pull myself up straight and then shift my rib cage to the left.  It is definitely something you need to think about and it is pretty uncomfortable the first couple times but you become used to it.  

Post # 8
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8437 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I only have one breast (due to breast cancer) and I think my mum and sister were more stressed about my dress shopping than me. Me I could care less- this is me accept me how I am. Even though a couple of dress shop sales people stared (normally the younger ones)when I got my gear off- I just explained what it was and why. I even ended up with a strapless dress, something that I had dismissed, but a great sales assistant showed my how I could pull it off (a bloody tight corset lol).

Like you no one knows (unless I am in a bathing suit/naked) unless I point it out. I think though it is all about attitude. I met some awfully depressed and angry people in my support group and I made the conscious decision that whilst I am still breathing I will not be like that- consumed by something that I can’t change.

Post # 9
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2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have scoli and had corrective surgery when I was 12. I have Harrington rods from T3-T12 and used to be SUPER self conscious of the scar. Like, imagine being a pre-teen/teenager who wouldn’t want to wear a bathing suit b/c of it. I got over it, eventually, and wore a lower backed wedding dress. My right scapula still sticks out a little further than the left, but oh well. No one’s perfect, right 🙂 Here’s a pic of me. Sadly, I’m standing like a line-backer b/c the dress was so tight (I think I was laughing) but it gives you an idea of what I look like. I’m an x-ray tech and see TONS of scoli cases. There are lots of threads on the bee too. You’re not alone. Lots of people have it.

Post # 11
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1840 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Eight6Eleven:  Ditto what you said. I got the rods, scar, uneven shoulders, hips, boob etc., etc. I bought an asymmetrical dress and I think we work together.

 

Post # 12
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5238 posts
Bee Keeper

@GrannyPantiesRock:  Wow, you look really beautiful! I’d have never known you were uneven. I have scoliosis, and I’m afraid about my uneven shoulders when I try on wedding gowns for my vow renewal. I was thinking about trying on some one shoulder gowns, but I’ll try some asymetrical gowns too. Thank you so much for posting pics! I love the color of your gown, so unexpected!

Honestly, I forget about my scoliosis until some dick will say “Did you know that one of your shoulders is lower than the other”? Thanks captain obvious, I’ve never looked in a mirror before!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t have it, but my Fiance does. I can’t say I’ve ever looked/noticed if his shoulders are uneven, but I know when his spine is “out” because he gets shorter. He varies between 6’2 and 6’4 depending on what his spine’s up to. Some days I just about break my neck looking up at him, others, not so much. He hasn’t had back surgery, but recently had heart surgery and was bedridden for close to a month. He said the back pain and not being able to move was more painful than healing from the heart surgery itself.

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