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Thread: mild detroconvex scolios pain for a year, help!

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    mild detroconvex scolios pain for a year, help!

    I'm a 32 year old male and was recently diagnosed with mild detroconvex scoliosis as I have been having a constant muscle spasm in my mid back area on my left hand side for the last year. I was sent to a PT and she said I had a S curve and that I need to retrain my spine to be straighter. She noticed one shoulder was lower that the other and when she had me bend over she noticed the curve even more. I didnt find out until about a month ago that when I was younger (10) I was also diagnosed with mild scoliosis. My questions are the PT said my posture had a big role as a I do slouch and that is where the spasm is. Why am I having all this pain, I try aleve, tylenol, nothing works. I had ct, mri, and bloodwork to rule out things like tumors or other problems. Is this pain normal of the type of scoliosis I have, does the spasm correlate with the slight S curve. Am I going to have to live with pain for ever? Please help

    Josh

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    If you're having trouble with muscle spasams, you might see if you can find a PT with experience in myofascial release. (It's... a very focused deep tissue massage that helps stretch out the muscle tissues... Or something along those lines.) It has been very helpful in controlling my spasams.
    I'm also treated with ultrasound and heat.. Nothing in the way of stretches, and only a few easy strengthening exercises...
    Also, I had good results with 10 mg of Flexeril a day.
    Blair

    Dec 15th, 2003 @ age of 20
    Posterior Fusion and CD Horizon instrumentation T2-L1.
    Surgery by Dr. Herkowitz- Beaumont Hospital of Royal Oak, Michigan
    Excellent correction of 52 degree single left thoracolumbar curve. Slight curve remains in unfused lumbar region but seems stable.
    February 5, 2005- Failed Scar Revision Surgery
    September 17, 2005- 2nd Failed Scar Revision.

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    mild dextroconvex scoliosis also

    I am a 40 year old female with mild dextroconvex scoliosis. I have been in pain and also spasms for 15 years!! I had trouble standing for long periods at the age of 20 but didn't know why. I was diagnosed approx. 10 years ago. The pain, which is a deep ache in the mid back area (thoracolumbar) and the same pain in lumbar area with pressure has only increased to the point that I cannot do any house cleaning, cooking, banking etc. Sitting for prolonged periods has started to bother me in the last 5 years. My pain started during my first pregnancy but I had a problem with standing for long periods before my pregnancies. I grew up with joint pain around my knees and ankles from the age of approx. 9. I have recently been diagnosed with a bulging disc at L5/S1. I believe this happened after my first pregnancy with the sciatica I then had. As for Pt saying posture has a big role, you cannot train your spine to be straight no matter how you try. My son has now been diagnosed with mild scoliosis. Loose ligament structure, leg length descrepancy etc. may contribute. Pain will always be apart of my life, that I accept. Physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc. you must remember, want your money. Alternating activity with bedrest I find to be the most helpful.

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    For Elaine & Josh

    I hope you both consulted an adult scoliosis specialist. Anyone else would be a waste of time especially when you have pain. Knowing the correct curve measurements is very important as well as ruling out any other causes.
    Karen
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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