Scoliosis in adults

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Red_34
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone knows why scoliosis happens in adults?  I have about a 25-30 degree scoliosis going on that I didn't have growing up and I got curious.  I tried looking it up on the internet but there is really not that much info about scoliosis in adults other then saying that it might be from osteoporosis but I know I don't have that (I think) since I had a recent bone scan (well 3 years ago actually).
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/24/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherry, I have a 15-20 degree curvature from scoliosis and didn't know I had it until I was an adult.  I went to the chiropractor because I was having so much back pain and when he took the x-rays, it showed.  I was really surprised.  So, maybe that is what happened.
 
Also, get checked again for osteoporisis.  I had a bone scan and it was perfect.  I waited five years before I got another one and I had a moderate bone loss!  I was shocked, since I had been taking calcium for 15 years!  I switched to Citracal, since it is the easiest absorbed , and was put on medication.  It's better to be safe than sorry!
 
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Red_34
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, does the extra calcium bother your CD any? I have tried calcium supplements in the past and it was really harsh on my Uc. Right now I am taking Forvia but because I don't drink or eat dairy I feel that I am probably not getting enough calcium. However, I just recently had some blood tests and my levels were good including Vitamin D. I was being watched because I was boder lining on pernicious (sp?) anemia. But the next time I see my primary (I was just in to see her yesterday) I will ask about another bone scan. Thanks for the response!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Red,
 
     Good evening. I am sorry you have to deal with scoliosis. I have a Levoscoliosis and it began forming a little over 2-3 years ago. I find out the latest degree of my C shaped curve in a few days. I don't know too much, as all the factors to my spine problems are still being investigated (multiple factors skeletal, muscular, neuromuscular) shakehead
 
     There are lots of reasons for curvatures in adults. Sometimes it is mild curvature from child hood that never progressed or from degenerative changes in the spine (DDD, arthritis)  that come with aging or, like sherrine said, boneloss. One thing I know for sure... OUCH. man oh man am I paying the price for a progressive curvature! Walking is getting hard, balance is a joke, clothing looks silly, and pain is a four letter word smhair  ...and what the heck is with tripping all the time? Stuff gets embarrasing you know!
 
     Okay, but enough complaining. Here is some cool info! (hopefully I am not violating forum rules)
 
 General Info ~~>
http://www.scoliosis.org/resources/medicalupdates/adultscoliosis.php   (question and answer article, very informative)
 
~~> "Scoliosis is a descriptive term and not a diagnosis. In more than 80% of the cases, a specific cause is not found and such cases are termed idiopathic meaning "of undetermined cause." "
 
     If you have pain originating from your Scoli curve, I suggest seeing a spine specialist who specializes in spinal deformities. They are usually able to take over your overall pain management (mine takes care of my other problems, IE hips, sleep, etc) and will keep close eye on your spine. They also corridinate with your other doctors. I dont know about you, but for me strong communication is a must!
 
     I hope I helped in some way.  :-)  More so I hope you have a good evening.
 
*hugg*
  dani

 

 

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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherry, my Crohn's hasn't given my much trouble in quite a few years.  I'll get occasional cramping and diarrhea but that's about it.  I have more problems with things like iritis.  I've even been written up in the medical journals for getting a fistula after my entire colon was removed.  But, as far as the calcium goes, I haven't noticed a difference.  Citracal dissolves easily so perhaps that is why.
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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