Hi there. I'm new to the forums, and I feel rather uninformed compared to everyone else here. On this site and others like it, everyone uses very specific terms and seems to know exactly what is causing their pain and why. I don't, really. Sorry for going on for too long, I was just wanting to get a little more information or advice.
I've been diagnosed with scoliosis for years now, since I was 11 or so. I'm 22 now. As far as I know, my curvature is minimal. I don't really know where it curves, other than it curves once up top and down at the bottom to compensate. The only thing I've ever been told is to exercise and go to physical therapy. Which I have. I've lost weight since I was a kid and went several times to therapy, but I still experience chronic lower back pain.
Every source that I have read says that pain is rarely present with scoliosis--especially in minor cases. but the pain I've been feeling is rather severe. I feel bad complaining about it, knowing there are people who can hardly walk--but for me this is the worst pain I have ever been in. It's mostly the lower left of my back, and it radiates so that it feels like my left hip and even part of my side and stomach is burning. The pain goes down my left leg, but stops at the knee. It used to hurt like this only when I sat in place for too long, or over exerted myself--but now it's like this 80% of the time.
In addition, I have upper back pain that runs along my left side. I was told, basically, that all this pain is muscular due to the fact that one side of my body is pulling in order to relocate my spine in the proper position.
But the fact that I might know what causes the pain, doesn't really help much. Yesterday, I was in such pain that I could hardly move. I tried stretching, heat therapy, resting, and taking ibuprofen, but nothing helped--at all. It hurt constantly, no matter if I was sitting, walking, standing, or even lying in bed. I took sleep aid to fall asleep, but the woke me up every couple hours or so.
I go to the doctor again tomorrow, but I really don't know what to expect or what questions to ask. I know that I can't live with this pain any longer, and I'm worried about the future in general.
If anyone has any experience with scoliosis or back pain in general, and has any advice for me I'd greatly appreciate it. I just don't know if I should see a specialist, or if this is just something everyone will tell me I should deal with on my own. (Which I really don't think I can...) Thanks in advance, and I wish everyone well.