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Help me am in pain! Is it the scoliosis or my lumber DDD?

Started by Sarah0987 on 03/12/2010 12:19pm

I am 22 female and I have been suffering from lower back pain for the last two years.
The 1st doctor told me to do an x-ray and ultrasound and the results came as the following:

- the lumber spine shows a mild scoliosis concave right with preservation of vertebral and disc height. The pedicles and facets are intact.
- the right kidney contained a 2.7x1.8x2.2 cm upper pole cyst. There was some mild fullness in the upper pole collecting system.

After that the pain was on and off and till it reached one day its maximum and I had to change the family doctor.
So the new doctor asked me to do another x-ray last Feb. and the results came as the following:

-There is a left convexity scoliosis. Cobb's angle measured from the superior aspect of D11 to the inferior aspect of L4 is 26 degrees. There is a disc space narrowing at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels.Minimal osteophytes are seen at the L4-L5 level. The other dis spaces are not clearly seen, but appear to be fairly well maintained. The pedicles are intact. There is no evidence of bony injury. The apophyseal joints are within normal limits.

Right now am not able to walk/ sit at all and am waiting to see a specialist. And an MRI is scheduled to be done in Aug but seriously I cant wait and am trying to push it to an earlier time..

I am just wondering if this situation can be solved without a surgery? And what shall I do ? who should I see ? Is a neurosurgeon a good choice? Do you think my neck has anything to do with the pain? what about bracing?

P.S I did acupuncture, laser therapy , physiotherapy and I went to a chiro..

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Do an MRI and go see a good neurosurgeon. I think that scoliosis is the least of your problems. Good luck to u

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I am a veteran of 5 successful back surgeries, the last one was to correct spinal scoliosis. My suggestion to you is to find the BEST neurosurgeon that you can. Do your research because the surgeon makes the difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome. Rather than xrays you need to have MRI's taken. My surgeon was in Stockton, CA but I also highly recommend the UC San Francisco Spinal Clinic. If it weren't for them I would not be walking today. I am not completely pain free but I can tell you that a bottle of pain pills will last me up to four months. Remember, the key is to find the best surgeon.

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I am a veteran of 5 successful back surgeries, the last one was to correct spinal scoliosis. My suggestion to you is to find the BEST neurosurgeon that you can. Do your research because the surgeon makes the difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome. Rather than xrays you need to have MRI's taken. My surgeon was in Stockton, CA but I also highly recommend the UC San Francisco Spinal Clinic. If it weren't for them I would not be walking today. I am not completely pain free but I can tell you that a bottle of pain pills will last me up to four months. Remember, the key is to find the best surgeon.

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