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Can anyone explain Thoracic Levoscoliosis for me?

Thoracic Levoscoliosis? I've been searching all over the internet to see what answers I can find. The only thing I've found is that it's not common.
"The rare occurrence of levoscoliosis in the thoracic spine indicates a higher probability that the scoliosis may be secondary to a spinal cord tumor. A physician will order an MRI for a thorough diagnosis."
I suffered a back injury at the age of 14, which more than likely led to the development of my current condition. I have moderate thoracic levoscoliosis, lumbar dextroscoliosis with a rotational component, moderate degeneration of the L5-S1 vertebrae. Since my last x-ray (which was around 6 years ago) and my current x-ray (two weeks ago), there's been some advance of the curvature in both the thoracic and lumbar.

I experience chronic pain, which is eased mildly (so I can get through the day) by far too many pain meds and an antidepressant for nerve pain (alongside depression and anxiety - diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD).

I get a lot of referred pain in my right and left arm, mainly in the thoracic region of my spine, numbness, hot and cold sensations from my rib cage right down to my right ankle.

My doctor doesn't want to refer me for any additional scans. I've seen a couple of osteopaths, physiotherapists, and chiropractors in the past, and and have had acupuncture for pain relief. I'm pretty active, and do all the suggested physio exercises for posture on a daily basis. Nothing really helps, other than the pain medication, and that only takes the edge off the pain.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 11/12/2014 - 5:44 AM

    you can do a search under the conditions section of the website above, for information regarding levoscoliosis or just use the search box at the top of the page and it will give you many results with articles and threads from others.
  • Levoscoliosis is considered a form of scoliosis. The standard definition of scoliosis is the curvature of the spine in one direction or another. Levoscoliosis is the curvature of the spine to the left side of the body. Levoscoliosis has the same signs and symptoms as the classical scoliosis, but due to the location of the heart there are added health concerns due to with the left curvature in the thoracic spine.
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