Progressing Adult Scoliosis
I am a 53 year old female whose scoliosis has progressed from@ 30 mid-back curve to @ 50 degrees in the past 5 years. During the 3 years previous to my curve changing, I was being treated for hyperthyroidism (Graves disease, which has been in remission for 3 years now) and going through menopause. I had returned to college, and spent a lot of time sitting during those years, also. Before that, I bore 5 children, including a set of twins, and waitressed for 25 years. the doctor thinks that these were all contributing factors for the change in my curve, but no one knows for sure. My mother has scoliosis, and had 5 children, also, but her curve has remained at @ 30 degrees. My doctor thinks that I will need surgery, with two steel rods along the sides of my spine, and bone grafts, with a 3 month recovery period, to stabilize my spine. Presently, I have been going to the chiropractor to manage the pain, but I am very crooked. I have a doctor's appt. in April to see if my curve is still progressing. Does anyone out there have a similar story? Has anyone had this sort of surgery, and was it successful, or do they wish that they had not had the surgery, and learned to live with the disfigurement and manage the pain?