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Scoliosis and Reoccuring Pneumonia

Started by khamester on 03/12/2016 4:14pm

I am 27 years old, and have a 34 degree S- curve that was diagnosed at age 12 as idiopathic pneumonia. Although the curve itself hasn't bothered me beyond making me sore after intense exercise, I have been having reoccurring pneumonia now for 5 years and we think there may be a link between this and the scoliosis. Has anyone else had this problem?

The type of pneumonia I have is typical streptococcus bacteria pneumonia, but an array of antibiotics are not curing it as they should in a relatively healthy 27 year old. A CT scan shows that the pneumonia hasn't moved in the last 2 years, and I get a flare up of pneumonia symptoms about 1x a month which either keeps me out of work for 3-5 days with someone caring for me, or puts me in the hospital. For the last two years I have had to seriously cut back exercise and after work activities as long days and exercise seem to bring on the symptoms more frequently.

My pulmonologist hasn't found anything beyond the strepto-pneumo when going in for a broncoscopy, and my immunologist says my immune system is working great. My gastro doctor says my stomach structure seems in good shape and therefore we have ruled out aspiration pneumonia as the cause.

I have been seeing a chiropractor for 7 months now, 2-3x a week to adjust my curve as best as possible and today we measured a 2 degree improvement on the curve, but the pneumonia symptoms haven't slowed.

Has anyone experienced this? If so, what kind of treatments have you tried? What kinds of doctors do you think understand this best? I am considering going to a specialty clinic- the Cleveland Clinic- but my doctors don't know which type of doctor would be best- a scoliosis specialist seemed to be a good idea but I haven't found anyone yet who've treated this.

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