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   Posted 6/30/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I have been dxed with moderate scolosis . Has anyone been dxed with this ?. I am looking to talk with someone who has this . I need some information on this diagnosis how does this affect your life. I also have two disc hernations ,spondolythesis and spinal stenosis. I would appreciate any info you can give me.

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   Posted 6/30/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Kara!  I have a moderate case of scoliosis...a 15 degree curvature of my spine.  I started having back problems when I was a teenager.  I was finally diagnosed when I was in my 30's and I'm now 61 years old.  
My back gave me a lot of problems in the earlier years.  I used to go to the chiropractor but I think he was overcorrecting and I was worse when I left.  Then, about the time I'd start to feel better, I had another appointment!  I did this for years!  UGH!  So I stopped going to him.  I started being smart about my back.
Then I learned how to get in and out of bed correctly and in and out of the car correctly.  This has helped me immensely over the years.  Here is what I do. 
First of all, I do not sleep flat on my back because it makes my back hurt more.  I don't sleep on my stomach either.  I sleep on my sides with a pillow wedged behind my back.  This way, I can partially be on my back but have support.  That helps me.  I also get out of bed using a cane.  I roll on my side, draw my legs up in a sitting position so the legs are actually hanging over the floor, and then I push off with the cane.  Gravity will bring your legs down and you will be pulled to a sitting position without using your back muscles.
When getting in and out of a car, sit on the seat with your feet on the pavement.  Then, either using the seat or the steering wheel, swivel your feet into the car while keeping your back straight.  I buy cars with leather seats because they are slippery.  But, when I rent a car and get cloth seats I had to come up with another idea...and I did!  I get a garbage bag and a towel.  I lay the garbage bag on the seat and the towel over it.  Then I do the above.  The garbage bag and towel let  your rear end swivel like you were on a lazy susan!  LOL  Just reverse the above to get out of the car.
Don't use your back muscles when you are lifting things up.  Use your legs instead.  By doing the above things, my back rarely hurts me now.  I hope these suggestions will help you, too!
Here is a good link about scoliosis that you may be interested in too.  Hope this helps you.

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 7/1/2008 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have scoliosis, disc herniations, ddd at all levels, spondylisis ... pretty much all the things you have, Kara. I've been in terrible pain for six years. How much longer can I take this! The one thing I've heard fairly consistently from the specialists is "Don't have surgery, unless you can't control your functions ... or you can't walk." I'm 55 and try to keep my pain medication down to the lowest level ... I may have a long way to go. Lately, I have some kind of bowel problem. I'll be looking into Cancer. I am not on an easy path -- nor are you or Sherrine. Sherrine seems to be going easy now ... or easier.
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Pamela Neckpain

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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you sherrine for the great advice I will have to try that . Pamela Im sorry for what you are going through . I will be praying for you that everything turns out for you. I can relate to the pain part  . My new pain meds dont control the pain as my other pain med. I was on morphine and I had to be taken off it  because of insomnia. the lortab im on does not help me much at all. My dr wants tyo do epidural injections on me but cant have them because my insurance doesnt cover them. Im switching insurances in January that  will pay for the epidurals .  My surgeon said if I dont have the epidurals I will need surgery. so I understand about the pain.  I hope everyone has a lpd.
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