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    Celebrex is a COX-2 inhibitor, too

    The advice you got from your doctor is correct. Both Celebrex and Vioxx are COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) inhibitors. Yes, there were some serious problems in some patients with Vioxx, but as usual,...
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    My story almost exactly. I didn't have any...

    My story almost exactly. I didn't have any noticeable pain until age 28, and it's only gotten worse since. I was finally diagnosed after an especially excruciating episode earlier this year when I...
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    I fit your profile pretty well. I discovered a...

    I fit your profile pretty well. I discovered a few months ago that I have an S-curve (28 and 34 degrees) that had gone undetected for all my 34 years, despite having complained of intermittant...
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    This I concur with wholeheartedly. Yes, I've...

    This I concur with wholeheartedly. Yes, I've seen a few peer-reviewed studies regarding chiropractic and other "alternative" treatments for scoliosis, but seldom any follow-up or long-term studies. ...
  5. "Straightening" the pelvic tilt did nothing to...

    "Straightening" the pelvic tilt did nothing to alleviate the scoliosis; my chiropractor tried that. He even told me going in that he didn't think that it would help that much. As far as he or I can...
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    From what little I've read on the subject, the...

    From what little I've read on the subject, the Schroth method involves traction combined with exercises to strenthen the back and abdominal muscles, which is supposed to "hold" the correction...
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    You think that with as many celebrities as there...

    You think that with as many celebrities as there are with scoliosis, and all the money moving around in the Hollywood crowd, that there would be more of a push to fund scoliosis research...
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    How similar is the clear institute method to the...

    How similar is the clear institute method to the Schroth method?
  9. I've heard of this, but I think that this is a...

    I've heard of this, but I think that this is a minor cause of scoliosis-- only a small percentage of cases. Many patients will have a combination of all 3- FHP, SI joint dysfunction, and scoliosis. ...
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    I'm still unconvinced that chiropractic treatment...

    I'm still unconvinced that chiropractic treatment gives any more than minor, temporary correction. A chiro tried all the head-weighting and shoulder weighting treatments on me, even had me don the...
  11. I concur with katblack. My advice is to find...

    I concur with katblack. My advice is to find another doctor. So many doctors are conditioned to just throw up their hands and say they can't do anything, or worse, to minimize the problem and tell...
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    I haven't considered surgery at this point...

    I haven't considered surgery at this point because my curves are not advanced enough for most surgeons to even recommend it. They are painful, but the degree of pain relief from the surgery varies...
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    I'm still skeptical. Not every case is going to...

    I'm still skeptical. Not every case is going to manifest itself with the same symptoms. They're probably relying on the observation that many with scoliosis appear to have some level of chronic...
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    I still disagree. It's extremely improbable that...

    I still disagree. It's extremely improbable that a single gene could be behind more than 1-2% of congenital scoliosis cases. Just ask anyone here about their particular case-- they're all so vastly...
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    This sounds like wishful thinking to me. There...

    This sounds like wishful thinking to me. There are many groups here in the US and abroad working on isolating a "scoliosis gene." Even if they do find one gene variant that can cause scoliosis, it...
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    That's not too bad. Maybe a bit feminine...

    That's not too bad. Maybe a bit feminine looking, though. My hair is a little on the long side, as I have a lot of it and it grows quickly, but I don't know if I'd want it quite that bushy.

    And...
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    appearances add to first and overall impressions

    I'm not sure of that. My wife tells me that she's always noticed that, but didn't care enough to say anything. In retrospect, having known this ten years ago might have been helpful, as I've been...
  18. My chiropractor did this with me and took a 2nd...

    My chiropractor did this with me and took a 2nd set of x-rays to see if there was any flexibility in my spine. He used both head weights (I have FHP) and shoulder weights. No change in curvature,...
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    Have you recently had curve progression? Changes...

    Have you recently had curve progression? Changes in the curvature could possibly cause symptoms like that.
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    Leveling the shoulders

    What advice can you give me about things I can do to draw attention away from the fact that my shoulders are not level, or even level them somewhat? My right shoulder is noticeably lower than my...
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    I concur. As a child and all the way through my...

    I concur. As a child and all the way through my 20s, I slept on my back, maybe 1 pillow.

    Fifty years ago (even twenty years ago) scoliosis was thought to be a result of poor posture, but that's...
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    Remission of scoliosis

    There are documented cases of this occurring. It's still not known why some curves resolve, some remain stable, and yet others progress.
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    losing height

    I would agree that losing 3 or more inches in height seems extreme. I've lost maybe 1/2 inch in height, but then again, my 2 curves are in the 30 degree range; there are many around this group that...
  24. Before I forget

    Before I forget, a member of this board once advised another patient to keep a "pain journal". Define a scale to describe the pain, and keep a day by day log of how intense the pain is and where...
  25. Ahh, more clueless physicians that think the pain is in our heads...

    Another idiot with an MD that can't seem to believe that there is real pain associated with most forms of scoliosis. This case may be different (it may be related to the removal of the scapula and...
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