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New to Forum, two curves in Spine


I have two curves in my spine in the shape of an S. Top top curve is 35 degrees and the lower is 34 degrees. My pcp says that surgery is an option but he doesn't recommend it and referred me to a specialist. I have yet to hear from the specialist but I'm aiming towards surgery as an option. What are your opinions? I'm in severe pain everyday and can't even work out so now i'm gaining all this weight and everything just sucks. Btw I'm 24, and have been diagnosed since 17. When I was 17, they recommended surgery but my mother said no. Now that i'm old enough, i believe i want to have the surgery.


  • Hello,

    I have the surgery when I was 14 years old, and I also had to curves in my spine. My top curve was around 50+ degrees, even though I have been wearing a brace for the past three years. They put rods on each side of my spine and moved it over as much as they could. It also use screws and bone chips from my hip to assist with the fusion. I did pretty well after the surgery and back then they recommended not to do anything physical for around six months. This was in 2000 so I don't know if that recommendation has changed at all. I did begin to have problems about two years ago with severe back pain. I have seen a couple of different doctors and they cannot directly tie the scoliosis or the surgery with the back pain. However, I think it would be a big coincidence for me to have this major surgery done on my back and it has nothing to do with the back pain that I have now. I don't know if it would be more difficult to heal at an older age even though you're only 24, so that might want to be something to ask your doctor. Are they concerned that the curves will get worse? Has it gotten worse since you were diagnosed at 17? Do they believe that having the fusion done will assist with the pain you're having now? I know you might not have the answers to all these questions yet because you haven't seen the specialist. One question I do have for you is what did your PCP say the other option was besides having surgery?
    Other people on this forum have written about having a fusion and it has not helped their pain, and in some cases of made it worse. I didn't really have a lot of pain before I had my fusion, so I can't really offer you any suggestions. I hope that you're able to find out a solution that works best for you. Good luck!
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
  • ivaiiva Posts: 1
    edited 06/08/2014 - 8:42 PM
    Some patients opt for non-surgical treatment for scoliosis that reduce the scoliosis curvature and remove the pain. There are several places in USA and one in Canada that are offering treatment.

    Post edited to remove name of specific doctors and medical facilities. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team

    5.10 You agree not to post specific physician names or health care facilities names on Spine-Health.com.

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