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62 y/o female w/ spinal stenosis, scoleosis, herniated discs & arthritis, MRI done told spine was narrowing? Suggested surg w/ cage around spine?
Potentially: Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the canal that transmits the spinal nerves is narrowed, often by bone spurs and disc protrusions. Surgical options include removing the structures pushing on the nerves, known as a decpressiin; or doing a decompression and then fusing the bones together. When you mentioned a cage, that suggests your surgeon recommended a fusion. ...Read more
Went for chest ct, lungs good but s shaped scoleosis? Would it only cause weakness, nerve issues below waist if any? Any possible tie-in w sjogrens?
No to Sjogrens: No to Sjogrens and very unlikely it is causing issues in the legs. ...Read more
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If so, it is an autoimmune disorder in mostly younger females, average onset about age 30, which afflicts brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Most frequent course involves relapses and remissions, with fluctuating sympomatology. Fatique and cognitive issues often responsible for disability. Loss of vision, imbalance, incoordination, weakness, numbness, all a part. ...Read more
Difficult pain: This pain can be difficult to control. Bracing and prevention of progression is very important. However, once the pain has already set in, a physician who knows has a thorough history can help you decide whether further bracing, medication management (non-opioid meds first!), or surgery are options for you. Physical therapy as well. Remember adjunct treatments like acupuncture too! ...Read more
Firm mattress: As long as the mattress does not sag and is not too old it should be fine. Some stores let you trial them. ...Read more
Right trapezius looks slightly bigger than left. Got checked for scioliosis when I was 12 & was cleared, could this be seriouse?
I think my scoiliosis pain is getting worse as I gain weight, or could just be as I age. At 22, it's hurrendous pain! I'm 160cm & 60kg.
I'm 16, and I was diagnosed with scholiosis when I was 12 and I have only grown and inch since then (i'm 5'1 now). Will my back get any worse?
Probably not: Adolescent scoliosis usually progresses most during rapid growth, and stabilizes when it stops. If you have only grown 1 inch in 4 years you are likely at the end of your growth and the process should be stable. An xray of your wrist and hand could be assessed for open growth centers and would suggest either more growth to come or confirm that you are done. ...Read more
I have recently been diagnosed with scolioisis, my back is beginning to curve to the side. Are there any exercises which can be recommended & advice?
Doubt need: A mild degree of scoliosis is common & most never get worse after you achieve your final height. If your doc didn't consider it worthy of much discussion, I am not sure you need to do anything. Scoliosis can also be a temporary response to low back spasm or pain that self corrects over a few weeks. You may want to review the issue with your doc. ...Read more
Curvature of spine: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Depending on the degree, it can be without symptoms or it can cause a very noticeable deformity. You may want to see a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor if your primary care doctor suspects scoliosis. Some cases can be treatable with non surgical intervention. ...Read more
Curved spine: It is a lateral (side to side) curvature of the spine. Mild cases usually aren't a biggie, but severe cases can cause pain and many other problems. It is best to catch it early to determine if correction is necessary. ...Read more
The most common: Symptom of scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine. Often this is a mild change and may be first noticed by a friend or family member. Those affected may notice that their clothes do not fit as they did previously or that pant legs are longer on one side that the other. Scoliosis may cause the head to appear off center or one hip or shoulder to be higher than the opposite side. ...Read more
Typically not: The classic idiopathic scoliosis is a painless spinal deformity unless it becomes large enough to affect the body' s balance and then one can get muscular pain similar to the act of holding a weight with you arm out v close to your body. Also, if the curve involves the lumbar or low back spine, it can increase the rate of degeneration there leading to back pain as a result of that degeneration. ...Read more
Varies: Small and moderate sized curves are not usually harmful. Curvatures that progress beyond 60 degrees can begin to affect pulmonary function tests and by 90 degrees can cause clinical signs of cardiac and respiratory compromise. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Depends: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane. The majority of cases of scoliosis are mild and do not cause symptoms and do not need treatment. Curvatures greater than 45 degrees usually relentlessly progress, and surgery is really the only cure for large curves. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
It varies: Many describe pain under the right scapula and low back ache if the spine is unbalanced but some have no pain at all it varies wifly progressive curves are often painful at the apex only potentially progressive curves are worth fusing. ...Read more
Yes: Scoliosis may be structural or idiopathic in nature. Idiopathic is easily the most common. Usually diagnosed in adolescence. It requires frequent evaluation & if curve is progressing may require bracing, exercise, and at times surgery. With structural cases it may caused by herniated discs, muscle spasm, fractures, etc. Treatment of the underlying problems will correct the scoliosis. ...Read more
Only if: Only if scoliosis is flexible & due to another reason that is forcing the spine to bend, ie spasm being generated by another issue like a kidney stone. If it is a type of scoliosis known as congenital or idiopathic, the answer is surgery if indicated but curve may not be fully corrected & does not need to be usually. Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis during growth may control curve progression. ...Read more
Unknown: The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown. It is likely multifactorial, meaning that a combination of genetics, environment, growth, etc. Play into an individual's risk of having scoliosis. There are some cases which are due to neuromuscular diseases like tethered cord syndrome, but these are the exception and not the rule. ...Read more
Scoliosis: Hello. Many patients have the incidental finding of scoliosis on x-rays. Fortunately just because scoliosis may be seen, it does not mean that a patient will experience pain because of it. Most curves are mild. For those that are NOT mild, seeing a scoliosis spine specialist is in order to prevent other issues- especially to the lungs over time. ...Read more
We don't know: We do not know why adolescent (idiopathic) scoliosis occurs. This form of scoliosis develops as adolescents as has the highest chance of progressing while we are in our skeletally immature age, teenage years. It is best to see a physician to evaluate the severity of the curve and determine the best treatment to avoid progression. ...Read more
Varies: Many cases of scoliosis, even in large curves, are not associated with pain. In patients with pain from scoliosis it can be a muscular pain from the strain along the convexity of the curve of the paraspinal muscles trying to hold the curve straight, a sciatic type pain from nerve root compression along the concavity of the curve, or a typical low back pain from degeneration of discs in the spine. ...Read more
See a doctor: You first need to have a specialist evaluate the size of the curve and possibly any other reasons for the curve. Then, depending on how mild or severe the curve is there are many options. Thy range from exercise and stretching, to brace wear, and if severe and progressive, surgery. ...Read more