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Former Gymnast (24 years old) with scoliosis and arthritis.

I am a 24 year old former gymnast. I did gymnastics from age 5-17 and was a diver from age 12-18. I have scoliosis ( a 13 degree curve in my thoracic spine) Since graduating from high school I have had MANY arthritis problems. I had an ankle surgury to repair tendons in my left ankle in 2008 and now have arthritis, I have recently been diagnosed with arthritis behind my left knee cap, and have arthritis and bone spurs in my thoracic vertebre. I have also been working as a nursing assistant for 6 years (which includes a lot of heavy lifting, not helpful on my back.) I have had A LOT of cronic pain, my spine is the worse with pain nearly every moment of every day. I am a normal body weight for my height and I regularly work out to stay in shape and keep my muscles toned. Due to the cronic pain I have been put on many narcotic pain relievers, but have recently strayed away from them and am taking a non narcotic pain reliever for as needed pain. I have also been giving chiropractic treatment a shot and am currently going 3 times a week (the chiropractor mentioned that I have a pretty messed up back upon my first appointment.) I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has similar problems to be and any useful advice. When my osteroarthritis gets bad I also use heat and ice, which only temporarily helps. I am just getting sick of being written off by my family physicians I have seen who don't seem to believe that a healthy 24 year old can be in this much pain. I am also getting tired of living with the pain almost constantly everyday. It would be nice to hear from other people in the same boat. Please let me know if you can think of anything or if you have similar problems!


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