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Recently learnt about my scoliosis.


I'm 19 years old living in Sydney, Australia.

I have scoliosis to the left centre of my thoracolumbar junction with a Cobb angle of approx. 38 degree angle. Which I have been told it's quite significant d

I've known that I've had been leaning to my right since I was 14 and never had really had a second thought to it, I wasn't in pain when leaning and it never bothered me. I never knew scoliosis even existed. Once I was 16 every few months or so my lower left back started aching and bothered me, but I still ignored it and thought nothing of it.

I'm about to turn 20 and I've finally got an xray on my back and only learnt that I have scoliosis in my lower back. I've been told by my GP to see a private spine specialist that is going to be costly.

My parents are somewhat poor and we are only managing to get by now. I'm not with any private health care and the appointment with the private doctor would be 300 dollars which I am not able to afford by myself and I do not want to rely on my parents money as our financial status isnt too great. 

I've talked to my mum about me signing up with a private health care and hopefully I'll be able to get that appointment. I was told not to go with any public doctors as I may have to wait a really long time and that he doesn't want my scoliosis to worsen as I wait.

The appointment with the private doctor is only going to be a opinion and possibly management of my scoliosis if I don't require surgery.

I'm also asking if there are any stretches that may help my condition by just a little bit as I start to piece things together for the appointment



  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,489

    hi KuronishiX

    Welcome to Spine Health

    I'm glad you know about your scoliosis now-and can be proactive about taking care of yourself and working with the doctor on a plan to manage/take care of it. I wanted to welcome you to the forum, hopefully you can find some helpful information here, and i know there are people here that have been where you are right now, and i'll let them chip in with their experiences.  I didn't find out that i had scoliosis until it was way too late (my parents knew, but didn't bother to tell me or follow it, and we moved so much that i never had the same doctor for long) the only thing i can say is i'm super happy you know, and that you can take steps now to help! 

    Veritas-Health Moderator
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • KuronishiXKKuronishiX Posts: 2
    edited 11/01/2018 - 5:19 PM

    I've got an appointment with the spine specialist to see if I do need surgery or not.

    My mum got worried and made a booking without me knowing and I really dont want her to pay for me, which I wont have a say but I'm grateful for her.

    My appointment is in about a weeks time and I'll give some more updates on my story and what the doctor says. I'm praying for no surgery.

    Thank you Kathy for welcoming me to spine-health :) I'm hoping to hear from the others experience.

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  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 374

    KuronishiX, Most of us parents do what we can for our children, whatever their ages! It is sad to read or hear of someone your age having to deal with chronic pain and I cannot imagine what it must be like for you and your parents. I'm glad you found us and I hope you and your parents find encouragement on these forums as there are a lot of tough people here that have developed various coping mechanisms. Please keep us up to date with your saga. All the best, Jerome

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,441

    I developed scoliosis when I was 65, called idiopathic scoliosis, from cervical to lumbar. I am not a candidate for surgery because of my age and other health issues.
    Hopefully you will not require surgery. Please keep us posted on how you are doing and on your appointment. 

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