flat-back syndrome

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Sarahruth
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   Posted 8/23/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know anything about flat-back syndrome? I am very perplexed about the problem I have and can't seem to get a diagnosis. I have had MRI's and total bone scan. Flat back syndrome was mentioned and it seems that it is the loss of the normal curtature of the spine. As the day progress I can no longer stand up straight and walk. I guess this is due to a problem with the center of gravity being off. I feel like I am at a 60 degree angle. It is totally exhausting with pain and fatigue down quadriceps and knees of both legs. I wish I could just get a diagnosis of the problem and know how to proceed. This is a VERY brief description of the problem which has been going on for over 2 years. Been to rheumatologist, orthopedic surgeon and neurologist and still no answers.
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yalinda
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   Posted 8/23/2006 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome sarahruth, sry i do not know about it but maybe someone will come along that does? take care it sounds painful

erin.K
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   Posted 8/24/2006 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you consulted w/ a spine specialist? I know in NY there are hospitals dedicated specifically to the back & spine.
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Sarahruth
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   Posted 8/24/2006 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I have.  I went to a specialist dealing in diseases of the spine and he is also an orthopedic surgeon.  He ordered a complete xray of the entire body-the kind where they give you a radioactive injection.  I have also had an MRI where I was diagnosed for a scoliosis.  Using a heel lift has helped.  I think this may be due to unequal leg length.  I am 63 and have the usual arthritis, but not what would cause this problem.  I go back to the rheumatologist who referred me to the spine specialist in a few weeks, and I will see what he has to say.  He previously mentioned physical therapy, but I had no success with that in the past.  I go to the YW ever day for 1 hour of therapy in the water and that has helped greatly.  Loss of curvature of the spine, which messes up your center of gravity for balance, seems to be what might be causing this problem.  I wonder how it happens and what can be done to correct it other than surgery.

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globalscoliosis
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   Posted 7/18/2013 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
For anyone dealing with Flat Back Syndrome, there is a great book out called The Gift of Scoliosis which journals lots of ways to handle chronic back pain naturally.  The author has Flat Back Syndrome and described it as being trapped inside a painful body everyday of her life until revision surgery.  Although she still has troubles she can walk upright now after surgery, her knees are no longer bent and the pain level is better.

globalscoliosis
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   Posted 11/27/2013 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
How to conquer the complexities of Scoliosis and Flat Back Syndrome post Harrington Rod Surgery can be learned in a great book written for scoliosis patients called The Gift of Scoliosis, an inspirational book for all ages written by Debbie Ordes and co-author Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Anthony P. Moreno, MD. in Tampa, Florida
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