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    Scoliosis X Ray findings

    I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 13 years old. I never got surgery or wore a brace - my parents were very agaisnt having surgery and my doctors never mentioned bracing. I've been in pain ever since that's gotten progressively worse. I have constant back pain, neck pain, and I think nerve damage ? I've done physical therapy and taken pain mediation for the pain- which doesn't help much.

    I'm now 34 years old and just had a recent X-ray. The findings were " There is a levoscoliosis of the upper thoracic spine centered at T3-T4 with a Cobb angle of 23 degrees. There is a rightward curvature of the thoracic spine centered at T8 with a Cobb angle of 24 degrees. There is a levoscoliosis of the lumbar spine centered at L2 with a Cobb angle of 12 degrees. No segmentation anomalies are identified. Intervertebral disc spaces appear maintained."

    My recent doctor pretty much said there's really nothing you can do with adult scoliosis. I guess my question is, should I ask to be reffered to a specialist? Would I even be considered for surgery- or is it not severe enough?

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    Well since your curves arenít really severe there really isnít anything you can even do.
    Kara
    Soon to be 26
    Braced at 13 years old
    Posterior Spinal Fusion March 10th 2010
    Age at the of surgery 18 years old
    Preop Curves 50T and 39L
    Postop Curves 20T and 17L

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    Quote Originally Posted by bea555 View Post
    I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 13 years old. I never got surgery or wore a brace - my parents were very agaisnt having surgery and my doctors never mentioned bracing. I've been in pain ever since that's gotten progressively worse. I have constant back pain, neck pain, and I think nerve damage ? I've done physical therapy and taken pain mediation for the pain- which doesn't help much.

    I'm now 34 years old and just had a recent X-ray. The findings were " There is a levoscoliosis of the upper thoracic spine centered at T3-T4 with a Cobb angle of 23 degrees. There is a rightward curvature of the thoracic spine centered at T8 with a Cobb angle of 24 degrees. There is a levoscoliosis of the lumbar spine centered at L2 with a Cobb angle of 12 degrees. No segmentation anomalies are identified. Intervertebral disc spaces appear maintained."

    My recent doctor pretty much said there's really nothing you can do with adult scoliosis. I guess my question is, should I ask to be reffered to a specialist? Would I even be considered for surgery- or is it not severe enough?
    Hi Bea...

    There's relatively little correlation between severity of degrees and pain. Your curves are pretty minor compared to most people here. I think it's a good idea to see a spine specialist. While it's doubtful that the curves are causing your pain, it's always possible that there's something other than scoliosis that is the problem. Unfortunately, since PT and medication haven't been helpful, it's unlikely that conventional solutions like injections and surgery will help. You might want to try something like TENS, or acupuncture, which can address problems with the fascia.

    Best of luck in finding a solution.

    Regards,
    Linda
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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