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Scoliosis now appears!

RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Scoliosis
I would like to know if there is anyone here on Spine Health that has been diagnosed with Scoliosis at middle age that had no previous symptoms in their younger years. I have severe osteoarthritis throughout my body and two spinal surgeries in the last 3 years. I've had no previous signs of scoliosis until last year when it appeared in my lower lumbar area. Does anyone know if there are any good sources of information that address this issue? Or if you
yourself have any experience with this problem, could you share your ideas.
Thank you much.


  • I also have noticed on my last 2 MRI's that they say I have scoliosis in my cervical spine. I have had 3 neck surgeries in 18 months but not once has the doctor brought the scoliosis to my attention and even though I still have alot of neck pain I am now wondering if I should ask him about it to see if he might think the scoliosis is causing some or all my troubles. I am also wondering why it just kind of popped up after these surgeries.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hi TJC,
    There may be a pattern here. I had a laminectomy of L4 thru L6 in 2006, that is the area the scoliosis seems to be for me. I had a corpectomy, discectomy, multi-level fusion of C3 thru C6 done both anterior and posterior, with a strut, cage, plates, rods, & screws. With all that titanium i don't think I can get scoliosis in the cervical spine.
    Thanks for your input.
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  • This may interest you. There is a condition called Temporary Painful Scoliosis which can result from a traumatic injury at or near the spinal column. I should know because I got it one year ago and am still in therapy to manipulate my pelvis and spine back into proper alignment.

    Actually the spine curves due to it attempting to move away from pain emitting from a injury, especially a disk injury. If one is sitting for a extended period of time , it can cause the pelvis to shift and tilt abnormally, which can cause increased pain and future spine problems if not corrected with exercise and therapy.

  • Hello:
    I am interested in the onset of scoliosis later in life.
    I have severe osteoporosis due to hyperparathyroidism. I had parathyroid surgery and they found 4 gland hyperparathyroid hyperplasia and did a transplant of one of the paras into my right forearm. The graft did not work leaving me Hypoparathyroid and without the ability to absorb calcium without prescription Calcitriol and large quantities of Calcium Carbonate. For the first five years after surgery it appeared that my osteoporosis was not getting worse, but my recent DEXA scan showed a worse bone density.
    In the last few years, I was told that I had Scoliosis. I was shocked to hear this, although I do have L4 and L5 herniated discs but not a lot of problems so far.
    My question is this. Do any of you suffering from these problems have pelvic hip pain that is not really joint orientated? I have pain much like you have when you have the flu, or very nerve type pain. It is in my lower spine but wraps around to the outside of the hip bone and down towards the groin. I am under constant care by and Endocrinologist but they do not want to address this problem. I am at my end of patience with trying to figure out medical problems and looking for experience from back patients that are feeling this same type pain. I take no pain medications at all but I am starting to find that this pain is affecting my daily life.
    What type of specialist treats this type of problem? Orthopedic or Neurosurgeons or are they actually the same?
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hey kawren,
    Answering your questions, first off I do have pain in my left hip and groin. I thought for sure my hip joint was failing but after an examination by my rheumatologist she confirmed my pain was from my spine. I do know prior to the Laminectomy I had in '06 of L4 thru L6 I had moderate groin pain. That pain has reappeared approx 6 months ago. I was on Gabapentin/Neurontin for nerve pain in my neck but I decided to quit for a while and tough it out as the side effects were not worth it. Due to my severe OA my spine is failing at a very fast pace and will require more surgery in the near future. As for which specialist to consult IMO if it's nerve problems then the neurosurgeon would be the probable choice. Orthopedic would be bone related but I've read where many people here have had either address their issues.
    Best of luck to you, hope I could be of some help.
    Take care,
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