HELLO MY NAME IS MARIEKE .
I have spinal scoliosis which was diagnosed at the age of 19 and I am now middle aged.
It has been my experience that one looks upon Scoliosis as a way of life, like your eyes are blue, your hair is curly etc!
Developing a positive attitude is essential to a happy life. Never let pity envelope you.
You can do more things in life than you can't and most people will never know you have a problem...
Richard 3rd was a great warrior and he had scoliosis, it didn't kill him but made him stronger in mind than most..
The next best advice is to keep active, swim, walk, jog....whatever! just keep it moving as all people should. Scoliosis isn't an excuse.
Then buy yourself the right bed for you! I have a Spanish Nasa inspired mattress that works for me but maybe it wont for you and don't forget the pillows should be given thought too....
Listen to your own body and by that i mean by all means push yourself but enough is enough.
Try not to flood yourself with pain killers but save them for those flare up times of the year ( they become predictable with age) and remember to drink lots of chilled mineral water whilst on them.
Sorry but the same basic common sense rules apply to us than to normal spine folk, like eating fresh fruit and veg ! but we have perhaps more to gain ( AS LONG AS ITS NOT WEIGHT!).
One thing about being older now is that I am amazed how many of my friends who are undergoing pain for the first time in their lives fold with depression and selfpity even though there is treatment available, like new hip and knee joints! Of course i understand why they feel so, but blimey Scoliosis has made me so compassionate, strong humble and gratful for each and every day of my life.
So to my fello mermaids, mermans, you are different but thats where the beauty lies, you special things you.....xx