I was recently diagnosed with degenerative scoliosis (thoracic curve @40
degrees, lumbar curve@60 degrees), arthritis, a bulging disk and bone spurs.
I have had lower back pain for a few years now and thought it was just a part of getting "old" (I'm only 31 lol). A few months ago i began having numbness in my left leg and shooting pain in my left hand. The lower back pain has gotten so bad that I'm in pain 24-7. I'm taking a low dose of Tramadol and Ibuprofen as needed. I also exercise, but nothing seems to help the pain.
I visited a chiropractor who confirmed the scoliosis. There was a treatment that he wanted to do, but since the treatment was considered as "experimental treatment", it was not completely covered by my insurance. I would end up paying ~$4500 for 3 months of treatment, which is definitely not in my budget. Additionally, the chiropractor mentioned that I may need up to 9 months of treatment and that there was no guarantee that the condition would get better.
One thing that bothered me about seeing the chiropractor is that he did not ask for an MRI. He simply took an xray and recommended a treatment based on that alone. I discussed my concerns with my GP, and she referred me to a neurosurgeon. After getting a lumbar MRI, it was found that I also have arthritis, a bulging disk and bone spurs.
I've been doing a lot of research, and I'm worried that I will in fact need surgery. Degenerative scoliosis and arthritis run in my family (my aunt and uncle have it, but opted not to get surgery. They are now in their 50's and both are now on disability). I'm a very active person and I want to know if anyone has an opinion about what I should do. Should i see another chiropractor, or just go with the recommended treatment as prescribed by the neurosurgeon? I absolutely HATE taking pain meds. They make me groggy at work (which is pretty dangerous because I work in a lab as a Research Scientist), and I don't want to rely on this for the rest of my life. I know about the effect that pain meds an have on my other organs.
I'm very confused and worried. Any advice would be great! :-)