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39 year old male 40 degree 5 herniated only one severe

moonshine191prfmmoonshine191prf Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Scoliosis
I am new here thanks to all it looks like a great resource. I have been told my entire life even after being diagnosed at 7 with slow progressing scoliosis. I was never braced and always told I was too young to be in pain. I gave up on the docs until 2008. I could no longer take it, currently on hydocodone 10-325 X 10 a day, wellbutrin, adderall,thyroid, other than that perfectly healthy. I just saw a scoliosis specialist and was told scoliosis doesn't hurt and basicly 40 degrees is no big deal. He also said well you are middle aged now you can expect some back pain, ignoring everything I had told him about progressing pain since childhood. I know my curve is not severe but would like something done as I am declining rapidly. Does anyone know of a Dr willing to consider a repair. Or has anyone had a curve at middle age under 45 degrees repaired, and is it worth it. Sorry a little scattered with thoughts here but I appreciate any and all responses.




  • Hi Moonshine. I don't fully understand some aspects of your post, but I gather you have 5 herniated discs, one severe? I believe this would give you a lot of pain, without the scoliosis.

    Lots of docs say scoliosis doesn't cause pain. Over the years, I've known a number of people with scoliosis and all had pain. In all cases, surgery eliminated or reduced the pain.

    With scoliosis, it is super-important to see a surgeon specialising in scoliosis in adults. An orthopedic surgeon won't cut it, nor even a spinal surgeon. I don't know where you are, so I can't offer any resources for finding one. But I would urge you to get another opinion from a scoliosis specialist. It's worth travelling for, I would not trust my scoliosis to anyone but a scoliosis specialist.

    I had a 68 degree curve, now 22. My spine was derotated and uncurved enough to regain 2 inches in height. I no longer have pain.

    Wishing you luck on your journey. If you have any questions, just ask.
  • Hey Jen
    I will try to clarify a little. It seems all of my issues are just under medical standards for surgery, except for the one disc. I have 40 degree curve just measured at last appt still waiting on the report. Along with that arthritis, degenerative disc disease, narrowing, mild stenosis and a swan neck. The last Doc said this should cause little to no pain. I will have a new MRI next week and a new nuerosurgeon evaluate it. I know if they can straighten me out even a little it would be worth it. I lose insurance in one month and now more desperate than ever for some sort of resolve other than live with it. I have done physical therapy many times with little to no help at all. I feel as if they dont believe my level of daily pain, and I do not want to be on narcotic meds for the rest of my life. It is a daily crap shoot as to what is crippling me daily, my neck, lower back, between my shoulders, shooting leg pain, numbness in my leg, foot, arms and hands. I just want quality of life improvement, with a 5 and 7 year old I will go through or do whatever it takes, I just need to know what to do. I feel if they do not straighten me out a bit I will blow out another disc after this one is repaired. I am looking for that doc that seems to understand a little but care the most.


  • Hi Moonshine. From my limited knowledge (and great experience!) ;) I agree that straightening you out and fusing you will prevent future disc problems. It will also take care of your arthritis. No small bonus. If your spine can't move, arthritis can't exist, or so I'm told. For me, the fusion got rid of all my arthritic pain, in any case. It's not something I've heard much about as a bonus to the surgery, but that's what happened to me, and how it was explained. No movement - no arthritis.

    Anyway, the fusion would also prevent disc herniation, at least in the area of fusion. Your curve isn't large, but that doesn't mean it doesn't cause problems and pain.

    I can only suggest an opinion from an experienced scoliosis surgeon. Some patients visit 3 and 4 before they're happy with their surgeon. Which is why I call this a long journey (and expensive). It's no fun, but believe me, the results can be well worth it. Just getting off all those powerful drugs will be good for you.

    What type of surgeon was the one you consulted, as a matter of interest? Does he solely treat scoliosis?

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