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kimnryanlovekkimnryanlove Posts: 1
edited 04/21/2015 - 4:50 AM in Scoliosis
Hi my name is Kimberly love im 27 recently found out I have levoscoliosis with degenerative disc disease about 6 months ago don't know much about it other then what I have read my dr prescribed me pain meds to deal but other then that he hasn't told me anything other then I will have to change my life styles and he didn't even elaborate on that. I don't know about the degree or anything I do know that my hips are turned as well my dr doesn't like to help understand what is goin on. I could really use some help and advice on what I can do to not hurt so much and if there is any where I can learn more about what is going on. Im scared because I have young children and cant even get in the floor and play with them and this is where the dr told me I needed to make some life style changes. isn't a great dr. Please help me don't know where to turn for help. thanks for any advice

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    .....doctor should be more specific in detailing what restrictions you need to put on your activity level.

    Is your primary doctor treating you? My primary referred me to pain management doctor and that the best that happen for me. He diagnose more issues of spine and also regulates pain meds or other meds you may need for your condition .

    Even with pain meds...for me...only takes edge off, not totally disappear. I appreciate that as I think pain there for reason....if nothing more than to remind me of limitations of my activity.

    For me, I try to think of it as not so much what I can't do....play on floor with grandchildren.....but to try to maintain and not worsen. I know parent different than grandparent......but you want to take care of yourself to last for the long run.

    Hopefully, you have support system and friends who can help with children and in other ways lighten your load.
    I know...asking for help not easy...but for better quality of life....and not worsening condition.....so worth it.

    Let us know how you're doing! Good luck
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