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BethInMich
03-25-2004, 01:29 PM
Hi I'm brand new here. I have had Scoliosis (mild) since I was in my teens. I never needed a brace but have and am currently seeing a chiropractor to manage my pain, which isn't that bad in my back at this point. I do have horrible posture unless I concentrate on standing up straight, not an easy task as most of you probably know by now!

Within this past year I started experiencing pain in my pelvic bones that radiates into my hips, tail bone and down my legs. I gave birth in 2002 to a big baby girl, 9lbs, 8 oz (c-section thank goodness!) and I think carrying her might have done some damage to the muscles or nerves. At any rate, this pain has gotten progressively worse as the months go by and I just got over a horrible 3 days of excrutiating pain that I sure don't want to repeat.

I did see my medical doctor about this, she has ordered a couple ultrasounds to make sure it isn't an internal problem but she (and I ) am pretty sure this is from my scoliosis and that I have some kind of pinched or compressed nerve in my lower back. She basically said there isn't much we can do if this is the problem. She put me on Flexeril (5mg) 3 times a day but I can't take it during the day because it makes me so drowsy. And I can only take Tylenol for the pain because I may be pregnant, so they can't even do any x-rays either at this point.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has had this kind of pain and how do you cope? I haven't mentioned it to my chiropractor yet because a part of me worries that he may be making it worse. I feel like an invalid when this pain hits and worry that I'm a huge burden to my husband. I'm only 34 years old, too young to feel so old and decrepit! I don't want to be a slave to this pain!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Beth

Cathrine Cohen
03-27-2004, 03:43 AM
Beth,

I am using Backlife in order to relieve my lower backpain. It is a Continous Passive Movement device, which I use at home at least twice a day for 12 minutes. Check it out at www.backlife.com. I think that you can use it as well in pregnancy,
but you should ask either Backlife and/or your doctor. The device is making the same movement like physiotherapists, so if you are able to have physio, you can also use the device.
For me it works great. I hope the same for you. Cathrine

JoshuaL
04-03-2004, 02:03 AM
Hello Beth,
I am 30 years old and was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 23 after a bout of back pain. For the next five years I had chronic pain symptoms in a few areas of my body. Some of the symptoms were similar to sciatica: pain in my pelvic area and running down my left leg.

I went to several different therapists: chiropractor, osteopath, massage therapist, physiotherapist etc. I always felt better immediately after a session, but when left to my own devices I found myself returning to my habits of bad posture and tension in movement.

The approach that turned things around for me is called The Alexander Technique (AT). My AT teacher helped me learn how to sense myself more clearly, so that I could eventually figure out the ways in which I was subconsciously stiffening and tensing my muscles. As I became more able to let go of unnecessary tension my pain symptoms lessened, my posture improved and I found it easier to live in my curves.

Now I'm out of pain, and the experience was so life-changing for me that I've trained to become an AT teacher myself.

Along with AT I see a body worker from time to time, and I do exercises that I've modified from Pilates and Yoga a few times a week.

If this sounds intriguing you can visit www.alexandertechnique.com. It has lots of articles on AT, and can also help you find a teacher if you're interested in studying. You could also visit my website: www.moving-living.com

Living with pain is hard. I wish you luck - Joshua

flashcrimson
06-28-2004, 12:15 AM
You might also look into a type of bodywork called craniosacral therapy. Check out www.upledger.com. This is a non-invasive and extremely light-pressure therapy that gently releases tensions on the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and on the nerve roots exiting the spinal cord. It will actually feel like your therapist is doing almost nothing at all, but it's extremely effective, especially after you've done a few sessions. And it's wonderful for pregnancy!

You can find a practitioner in your area by visiting Dr. Upledger's website. There's also some good information about the technique and the science behind it. I'm a practitioner myself, so feel free to contact me if I can help you with any questions, too. Or search this site for "craniosacral" as I've posted quite a few things over the last couple of days.

Best of luck to you!

Karen Ocker
06-28-2004, 04:37 PM
I suggest you contact an adult scoliosis specialist before you try any alternative therapies. You want him/her rule out any thing in your spine which can be aggravated or made worse. The curve will be measured so you can monitor it. A good doctor will encourage you to try other methods for pain relief once you get the all clear.

You can find help and recommendations on this site.
Karen

momoflacrosse
07-08-2004, 01:22 AM
I would suggest that you ask your dr to order either and MRI or a CAT scan as it sounds like my issues and we are pretty sure that it is spinal stenosis caused by the scoliosis. There are things that they can do to help other than surgery and one is epidural injections of steroids to relieve the inflamation of the effected nerve. Also you could do a search on spinal stenosis to get more info and then get your dr to refer you to a specialist. Because of the curve etc it isn't something that can be addressed by alternative methods.

Nancy