Patient Comments: Scoliosis - Diagnosis

How was your scoliosis detected and diagnosed?

Comment from: Lynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

It is my whole right side, is what I would say for years. I am 46 years old and have had pain on my right side for 2-3 years. Over a period of 2 years, I have had among other things, an MRI of my brain and told that everything is fine. I am perfectly fine, but should come back for another brain scan in 6 months. Changed doctors and had an x-ray of my thorax because of back pain, went to physical therapy for 8 weeks. Still wasn't informed I had Scoliosis. Pain and uncomfortable feeling resided always so I decided to get a copy of my x-ray, to show a Chiropractor. Was I surprised to see the report say scoliosis? Had no idea, I am starting to research scoliosis and will make an appointment with my MD. I kept saying it hurts right along here, and pointed directly to my spine area with the curve, but I also stated all sensations going into my arm and leg and my whole right side, it sent the doctors looking elsewhere I guess. I t is my whole right side is what I would say for years. Scoliosis explains a lot. I hope with this knowledge, I can maintain a better comfort level. I am a hiking and outdoor enthusiast, and hope to maintain that.

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Comment from: shannondarby91, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

My scoliosis was detected though an x-ray and the doctor sent me a letter in the mail telling me I had it.

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Comment from: soccerstar3, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

Hello! My name is Ellie and I am currently 13 years old. When I was 12, I went to my doctor concerning pain I had been having in my hip. I then told her about my sever upper back pain, so she had me bend over so she could look at my back. I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis, at only 13 degrees. A few months later during the school screening in 7th grade, my scoliosis was noticed again. I went back to my doctor, and this time she had me get an MRI because my severe upper back pain is abnormal. The MRI came back clear, so the cause to my scoliosis and back pain is unknown.

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Comment from: Andrea, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

My name is Andrea 40, I was diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 2. I have had 2 spinal fusions at age 2 and 10. When I was 21 I decided to have and anterior and posterior fusion with rods. All was going well until I turned 30. I had a urinary tract infection that i let go untreated which attacked my rods causing major abbesses that ate away most of my thoracic cavity and was inches away from attacking my heart. Moral of my story when you're sick and need antibiotics take them (all of them) It's not worth another surgery and weeks upon weeks of I.V. antibiotic therapy.

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Comment from: Elena2011, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 9. At that time I came from Cuba without knowing the language and my parents were told I needed to wear a brace. However I panicked over the many changes of a new country such as the language barrier and did not want to have a brace. Now I am 60 and I have done yoga for several years, praying that I can live a few years longer with this crippling disease.

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Comment from: Dr.kafel, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I'm a 17-year-old female. I was diagnosed with scoliosis six years ago. It's about 35-40. I refused to take the surgery. Instead, I do the exercises my doctor gave me. They're perfect. I really feel good when I do them (regularly), but my spine's never going to be normal, anyway. I don't worry about that too much.

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Comment from: Have Faith, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I am a 42-year-old female diagnosed with an “S” curve at age 12. I wore a back brace for five years. I wore it 23 hours a day – I got a one hour break for a shower. It was very hard being an adolescent going through dating/teen years. I was upset to read that girls are not wearing the back braces because of being scared of their friends and what they thought. I wore mine: period. No matter what, I went in every six months for X-rays, and once a year I had to be fitted for a new brace. I was blessed to have parents that took care of this medical condition. I would love to reach out to the girls who are having a hard time with this. I understand. I try to stay positive about it. I do not wear certain clothes because it does show one shoulder blade sticking out. But I could have a lot worse problems. I don't mean to make light of this. It is very hard to deal with as a teenager, but life goes by so fast looking back!

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