Hello guys ,
First time here in the forum. Was supposed to join another scoliosis forum but I wasn't able to start a new thread. So let me share my story ( I'm
hoping there are some guys here as well that can relate so they can help me answer my questions below ).
Found out my back looked weird when I was around 12.
At 15 I noticed why my neck wasn't straight when I posed for pics, it was like I was leaning to the left.
17 - 20 - Doctor said I was too late for a brace, I should have used it earlier. I didn't even consider operation because I was scared.
20 - 32 - Well some times were tough , other times were ok. I'm really conscious if people see my back, if you look at me at the front you won't notice much. It's like I'm always self aware of what people say about me, in these years I have encountered 3 to 5 occassions when people commented on my back while I wasn't looking or in short ( taking the stabbing of the back literally ). And these events really took a big toll on me, on my career and social life. It's like your superman but you have kryptonite, and it's always there limiting yourself to what you can really achieve. 2 years ago, when I was 30. My friend suggested that I underwent surgery, last time he checked my back it was at 60 - 70 degress, I can't really remember anymore =( He's a orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. I told him I want to think about it because I was really scared of the operation, of what might happen when things go wrong. I feel no discomfort normally but prolonged standing hurts my back, but my friend said it's mostly your core or abs. I'm also choosy picking a seat in any public place, it has to have some sort of back rest.
Now , at 32. I came to realize that I need to improve myself. Or keep my body prepared incase I get an operation. I talked to my friend recently and he said that there are new advancements in scoliosis treatment aside from surgery using the rods ( It's effective but he said there are new methods ). He mentioned a new method in germany where they operate on your ribs and fix your spine there. It's less invasive, not a lot of scarring according to him. Plus wait for 1 - 2 years before ever thinking of this decision. 2 years ago he wanted to operate on my asap but the new stuff he has learned over in Korea and the US changed his mind about things. I'm even considering applying for a health grant either in the US or in Europe ( not sure if they allow foreigners but if ever they do I won't hesitate getting a visa because I really need it ). Had this long talk with my doctor and he said I shouldn't worry too much , but instead make yourself fit, since having an athletic body helps in recovery much better than someone who isn't active. So my 2 goals for the mean time is this >
a. I want to exercise, stay fit. I'm not fat but I have a belly and I want to improve my core muscles or get some abs hehe. He suggested I go to the gym but I'm scared the weights might make my muscles look weird. So I was thinking of a program like insanity or boxing or whatever to keep myself lean.
- I'm also considering jogging but I don't jog outside my subdivision ( fear ).
- Boxing is a consideration , I can hire a trainer.
- Also thinking of doing insanity or a similar workout that doesn't require weights if possible.
I'm really hoping you folks here can understand the situation I'm in. I don't have scoliosis buddies although I know 2 people here in my city who has one. I'm reaching out here because this is the only place that I can freely express myself without having the fear of being judged.Welcome to Spine-Health
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