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scoliosis over 35+ years

johnny5jjohnny5 Posts: 3
edited 11/10/2014 - 6:35 AM in Scoliosis
I was doing sit ups in gravel and the next day I had back pain (in 1979). It was caused by a large rock, that I initially dropped down on, then moved out of the way when it hurt. Next day we to see a Dr.,, he gave no help, sent me back to work. This is when my back problems started.

Over the last 35+ years I was diagnosed without any advanced imaging with scoliosis. I have had intermittent episodes with sharp, severe back spasms, for the first 10 or so years, which I learned to deal with without any further medical help. About 20 years ago, I had shooting pains for a few months down my left leg, then one day the pain was burning hot, persisted for a short duration, then no more spasms after that. I figured the nerve that was causing the spasms must have broke.

This condition advanced over the last 20 years, I would get really crooked, lateral shifts I think its called, my shoulders actually moved left of my hips several inches, bad, bad pain all around the hips and lower back. I didn't go to a Dr, low income prohibited it. I started hanging by holding on to things over my head, and let gravity pull down on my spine. This has the effect of getting me straight again. I took weeks originally, now only 7-10 days and Im mostly straight. This happens once or twice a year, mostly when I get active and careless about how I move about. Generally, heavy physical activity and shuffling about and twisting my torso will result in another event, however, I have "gone crooked" just by mowing my law recently. Its getting worse.

Was the back problem in 1979 capable of causing this, or is it nothing more than a genetic defect and advancing scoliosis?What kind of injury would cause the type of problems I am experiencing? How can anyone test to check if an old injury occurred, and if it could be the cause of this whole mess? Last, how much worse can it get, before I am forced to see a professional spine doctor?



  • to Spine-Health Johnny! This community consist of people with various spinal problems, we can tell you about our experiences, but none of us are doctors. This is why we can't answer your questions, as we would be only guessing. Is going to a doctor out of question? A board specialized spinal specialist would be the best, but at the least you should talk to general doctor. I think you have been dealing with this problem long enough that you should try to find some answers. You see, generally these problems don't get better by themselves, in fact they can get worse as we age.
  • I did see a General Dr. He pretty much ignored the issue, the VA reached out to veterans this last year and I was seen last April. The primary Care provider did not put a word about it in the record, short of chronic low back pain. Capsaicin cream that they gave me is not even touching the pain.
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