I too have mild scoliosis that causes considerable pain. I must say, though, that 3 degrees and 5 degrees is VERY slight. My guess is that 80% of the population have similar slight curves (That's a guess -- I could be wrong).
In my case, the curve is about
20 degrees, from C4-T4. I didn't have any pain from it until I was about
40, though -- and didn't even remember I had it. If you're curious, here's an x-ray of my spine:i47.tinypic.com/2qvuvbc.jpg
. You can see how the vertebrae at the same level as and just below the clavicle are rotated, with a compensating curve in my cervical spine.
If you haven't had an MRI of the area, I think it should be discussed with your doctor. A few degrees in that area may not be the cause. You might have a herniated disk, or something else entirely.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia).
Post Edited (cogito) : 6/12/2012 1:20:11 PM (GMT-6)