Hello! I've been looking for a community to talk to for awhile. I am 22/female with scoliosis (unsure of degree, told it was moderate). This condition causes me pain pretty much every day in my lower back. Today it hurts to even walk. The only relief I get is when I lay down.
I'm going to a doctor's appointment next week to see if my curve has progressed. Up until a year ago, I never had this amount of pain, though I was diagnosed pretty young. Nothing was done as a child.
It seems like scoliosis has taken so much from me. I used to love to play guitar. Now I have trouble doing so because of back pain. I love to dance, same deal. I had dreams of doing gymnastics this summer. Nope.
I have tried physical therapy twice and both times, it has failed to be effective. In my most recent stretch I strengthened my core muscles, but it did not change the pain. This is very frustrating for me. I feel old even though I am in my 20s. I am living in constant fear of the pain never going away/getting to the point where I can't walk. I am also terrified of the surgery, if my doctor recommends it. I have tried to talk to my friends and boyfriend about my fears; they have tried to help me, but think I am kinda overreacting. Which may be true. I know my pain isn't near as bad as many people on this forum.
So, I am looking to talk with people with my issues. Perhaps get a few ideas for alternative treatments. It would also be great just to get some friends for moral support. I really want to return to my positive outlook and I am trying so hard, but the pain is just too much.
Thanks for reading!