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I have posted a couple of times and it was recommended to introduce myself. I am 59 years old and have a 4 curve scoliosis, Lower lumber 46 and upper 20. I was extremely active when I was young and now I am SO limited it is depressing. My ortho dr said NO SURGERY EVER. He was pretty nonchalant about it too. I'll probably go see another dr at some point, but not ready for surgery yet. My daughter will be getting married in the next year so postphoning anything invasive at all.
I worked out with weights all my life, ran, jumped rope, hiked and enjoyed working in the yard. Now no more of these things, but seeing what others have been thru on this forum makes me feel fortunate. I do know and learning more about specialized Scroth PT and pilates from an instructor who specializes in scoliosis. She is actually an expert on the subject and teaching workshops in America and overseas. Really thankful I found her thru numerous youtube videos. Also Scroth after much research. Not too many PT's in the country that have this specialization, but there is a website that will tell you if you have one nearby. I was blessed to find one in my city.
So, reading all the posts have helped me. I know now that surgery could be a possibility although it would take 2-3 years to heal and nerve pain could be equally painful. (My friend's mother had it and she said everything was worse - so not encouraging at all.
Also, pain relievers don't do anything. My ortho doc rx some tramadol which didn't touch it. I have migraines too and had access to hydrocodone. When I was in Seattle last year to see my daughter, I took (chewed) 2 hydrocodone tabs and nothing (all I was doing was standing in a bar sitting on a bar stool when I could find one - no back chairs are terrible. Now when I go to a restaurant or anywhere really, I take my lumbar pillow (has my name and phone number on it - I almost wanted to post REWARD to give incentive to get it back to me - haha! I don't recall who manufactures this pillow as I got it 20 years ago from a quack chiropractor. Ive ordered a few thru amazon, but they don't work as well. I have also tried shoe lifts and really can't say yah or nay on them.
Well, happy to be here and thanks for the warm welcome!