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Nikki97

787d

I've had scoliosis for 10+ years now and it has gotten worse the past 2 years. my cervical curve is 34° and the thoracic curve is 42°. I tried essentially everything from physical therapy, medication, bracing, chiropractors, and non operative therapy but nothing has helped. My doctor(s) have said that a spinal fusion would reduce my range of motion and quality of life due to it needing to be fused from mid back to my tailbone. I am very frustrated because I can't sit/stand too long and I had to quit my job due to the pain and am going to have to end up working somewhere that hurts my back due to the need for money and the lack of jobs that would allow for back pain relief. Any suggestions or just anyone who can relate?

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    • sarahrose42

      787d

      So I can totally relate to this and I’m so sorry you’re going through such pain. I just actually got a job offer from my dream job but when I read over the fine print realized they couldn’t accommodate for my back pain issues so I had to turn it down. It’s incredibly frustrating and unfair and I wish I could give you a quick fix, but I can’t. I can tell you the few other things I’ve tried that might help you though. Have you heard of dry needling? It’s kind of like a more intense acupuncture. It was too painful for me but some people swear by it. It can be good for muscular pain and breaking up tense muscle tissue. This would be expensive, but inversion tables are also a thing I’ve heard of, or even aerial yoga - anything where you can be upside down and take pressure off of your back. I find that massage is really helpful, as well as getting regular exercise (which I hate). The only other thing I can think of is to invest in a really good mattress. I have a tempurpedic mattress topper, which is less expensive than a full one and still really great, and it’s helped with my pain a bit. I really wish you all the luck in your journey

    • YunaFreya

      786d

      I can relate too. I've had scoliosis since a child... prob age 10? The only thing that's helped is yoga. But not regular yoga; scoliosis specific yoga. I listened to doctors for years say "yoga" but most yoga for people like us is actually too much and caused too much pain. I bought a yoga wheel to slowly stretch out my back. I also take extra time to stretch while also stopping if something hurts. Google "scoliosis yoga" and try a couple stretches if you can. Don't overdo it and if something hurts don't force it. It's helped my mobility a lot.

    • Nikki97

      787d

      I do like the dry needling, it is such a good pain if that even makes sense. I am so sorry about having to turn down your dream job, that really is awful. I haven't tried an inversion table or aerial yoga. I definitely will be looking for a new mattress soon though so that should help at least a bit. Thank you so much and I'm glad I have someone to relate to. I just wish it were for more positive reasons.

    • sarahrose42

      787d

      So I can totally relate to this and I’m so sorry you’re going through such pain. I just actually got a job offer from my dream job but when I read over the fine print realized they couldn’t accommodate for my back pain issues so I had to turn it down. It’s incredibly frustrating and unfair and I wish I could give you a quick fix, but I can’t. I can tell you the few other things I’ve tried that might help you though. Have you heard of dry needling? It’s kind of like a more intense acupuncture. It was too painful for me but some people swear by it. It can be good for muscular pain and breaking up tense muscle tissue. This would be expensive, but inversion tables are also a thing I’ve heard of, or even aerial yoga - anything where you can be upside down and take pressure off of your back. I find that massage is really helpful, as well as getting regular exercise (which I hate). The only other thing I can think of is to invest in a really good mattress. I have a tempurpedic mattress topper, which is less expensive than a full one and still really great, and it’s helped with my pain a bit. I really wish you all the luck in your journey

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