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I'm 47 years old, idiopathic scoliosis

Started by Northscar on 04/07/2017 4:51pm

I'm 47 years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 14, it was too late I wore a Boston brace for one year and it only corrected the curves. It's not until recently that I've noticed in the past two years that my height has changed and I've had myself x-rayed and see that my curves have progressed to 50° on the top and 80° on the bottom I am scheduled to have a spinal fusion surgery in New York City At the beginning of May. I have been experiencing severe muscle spasm's caused by an overworked lower left lumbar. Nothing worked to get rid of the pain except the little machine that they sell that stimulates the muscles. I am taking no drugs at the moment and anytime I feel the slightest twitch I use the little electric stimulator for a while And it's helped me immensely. I have a month before the surgery and I didn't think I was going to make it because of the muscle spasm pain. I'd rather give birth five times in a row, then have to have that pain anymore.
Thankfully I don't have any pain in my arms or my legs and I feel very comfortable with my surgeon and his team. if you're young find a specialist and stay with them, visit them every year and have your back x-rayed, keep a close eye on it. I wish I had done this. Thankfully I'm strong and healthy and I'm determined. I know it's going to be a tough recovery but in the long run I will Be better off

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Hello, Northscar--thank you for sharing your experience with idiopathic scoliosis with us. We can't imagine how much pain you've endured. We're happy to hear that you have an upcoming surgery scheduled with a surgical team you trust.

In the weeks leading up to your surgery, it's good to develop as much knowledge you can about the procedure. Of course, your spine surgeon is the best source of information, but we'd like to share an article with you that sheds light on what to expect from scoliosis surgery as an adult ( Spine Surgery for Adult Scoliosis ). We hope it's helpful as you prepare for your procedure.

We are sending you the very best wishes for a successful fusion in May. Please keep us posted on how you're doing!