My name is Cyndi, and I am new here on spine health. I was diagnosed with having scoliosis at age 8, and I am now, dare I say it, 31. I have 4 wonderful children ranging in ages 11-5, and I have one step-son age 3 1/2. I was previously married for 10 1/2 years, but now I am very happily remarried to a wonderful man.
At the age of 8, my mom discovered a large hump on my upper right back. She, of course took me to the family doctor where they did x rays. They told us that I had scoliosis, and that I had a "backwards S" for a spine. We of course had no clue as to what scoliosis was. I was so scared. They then referred us to and orthopedic doctor and from there I had to start wearing a back brace. I wore a brace till the age of 15. I had my first back surgery at the age of 15, and that is when they put a Harrington rod in, and did a spinal fusion of my thoracic spine. At the age of 17 I had the rod removed. In two years time I had complained ALOT about having a pinching pain in the upper left side of my back, so they thought it best to remove the rod. At age 18 I married and from there I had my 4 wonderful children, all two years apart. After I had my last child I began to have severe lumbar pain on the left side, and had great difficulty carrying my little girl on my left hip. I would hurt so badly it actually felt like my back was broken in the middle. In 2004 I finally decided to go to a spinal surgeon and she suggested that I have another surgery to fuse my thoracic spine. I had surgery August 20th 2004. When the surgery was over the Dr. said she was amazed that I was still walking before the surgery because when she cut into my soft tissues around my spine, my middle spine was loose and very unstable. I did recover from the surgery, but I am starting to have alot of pain again in my lumbar region. Only seven months(March 4) after my last back surgery, I was in a car accident. I was rear-ended, very hard! Ever since then my neck has never been the same, and I am starting to have other problems as well with painful joints, and lots of migraines. I will write more about those later. For now I just mostly wanted to give my background. I am so thankful to have found this web site to be able to share with others who have experienced life similar to mine. Thank You!