View Full Version : Can a mild double thoracic curve cause problems.

03-23-2005, 02:03 PM
I am new to this forum and Scoliosis, so please bear with me, as I may not have the correct terminology. To sum it up, everything I have read about Scoliosis, especially thoracic, fits me perfectly, from migraines, mitral valve, rib hump (Tietze’s syndrome), respiratory (when pressure is put on upper back such as sitting in a chair) chronic cervical radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease L5-S1& L4, (and arthritis) meralgia paraethetica, osteopenia, ITP & chronic active colitis. Furthermore, my old Osgood Schlaters disease is now showing new concerns besides arthritis (a loose body?) and I now have damage to the nerve in my left ear with a hearing loss. My Scoliosis is mild compared with what I am reading. I believe it reads 18 degrees leviscoliosis and 13 degrees dextrascoliosis. For four years I have been trying to find an answer but instead more issues develop. I am definitely not looking to due anything radical such as surgery, I just need to understand. I am 51, male, off work for the last four years and on disability income. The orthopedic I went to one time said it was not the cause of my problems and did not recommend anything more, including follow-up. Needless to say, my insurance companies try to minimize the issues, obviously trying to save money. My PCP has been very supportive but they always find a way to discredit him. I need something to keep them from hassling me so that I can work on healing or keeping things from getting worse, in particular trying to get back to my career of the last 22 years. Should I get another opinion? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I apologize for the lengthy post. Thanks. JW

07-15-2005, 06:12 AM

I have 'mild' rotational scoliosis no problems whatsoever until 3yrs ago now have back hip and groin pain cannot walk very far or stand for very long.

Dont know about scoliosis at the top as my top curve is very small, I think my lumbar one is about 20 odd degrees, never been measured, you appear to have other problems as well which I know nothing about but I do know that orthopaedic consultants can sometimes not know their doodas from their wotsits! I saw an orthopaedic guy and hes very confused with all the pain and problems I am having in my psoas muscle which I have since found out is common in scoliosis. Am now waiting to see a scoliosis specialist. If you cant get to see a specialist you could try to see a good quality chiropractor try and contact fellow sufferers of scoliosis in your region as they will probably be able to recommend who has helped them with their problems. I am pretty sure that chiropractors can help you with migraines and possibly some of your other problems so hopefully your insurance will be able to help you with this.


07-21-2005, 10:38 AM
Hi Barbs,

Thanks for the reply. I have been slow in responding because my wife was broadsided by a tractor-trailer in her car. She should be fine. As to my issues, the neurologist I go to originally said “in theory the scoliosis can be causing my problems”. Also, it was a rheumatolist doctor that discovered the scoliosis and referred me to the orthopedic doctor. When, the orthopedic doctor stated otherwise, they did not want to disagree with him. Now, they are blaming my Crohns / Colitis with the gastroenterologist concurring. I do not completely agree. Common sense would tell you that if you have got a rib being pushed out further from the other ribs it is going to have some effect. A rib will not shorten itself to compensate as far as I know. As to what kind of effect and how much would be the question. So, I believe the orthopedic was definitely wrong to state that the scoliosis I have is definitely no problem or an issue, especially with some of the symptoms I have that are typical of an upper curve (according to what I have read). Consequently, in year or so, I will request another review with a different orthopedic, especially since I have osteopenia and ITP. I think it would be only prudent to make sure things are not getting worse.

I know my Crohns / Colitis is a problem and possibly since my immune system is affected, I have contracted other illnesses that may have caused some injury. I am under treatment for this.

Reading other post here on this forum and other information has been helpful. I believe I have done all I can and should. I found a lot of help through physical therapy and my own home stretching and walking program. Unfortunately, my insurance has stopped the physical therapy. Therapy has provided great relief, possibly like a chiropractor. I have had the L5 removed years ago and have no intention of any further surgery if I can prevent it.

Thanks again.