I sure hope you don't need back surgery. I helped a friend who had a rod put in her back for severe scoliosis. I drove 1-1/2 hours 4 days a week for at least a month to help her get a bath, do her cooking, wash dishes, do laundry, clean her house, watch her kids, even had to shave her legs for her. She was in a body cast (not entire body, neck to pelvis). This was while I also still had 2 school-aged kids and a husband to take care of myself after I was done with her. I was the only one who volunteered to help her besides her husband. She went to Philadelphia to have it done. Today (many years later) she is very happy she had it done.
I also have scoliosis since I was a kid due to the Perthese Disease (never told a stage) and I have had degeneration in my neck and lower spine for most of my adult life.
A chiropractor (if you get the right one) saved me from having my hip replaced for many years until he no longer could help me because it was bone on bone and I screamed in pain with the last adjustment. He also helped with the neck, shoulder & somewhat with the carpal tunnel. He also use to pull my hiatal hernia down for me which amazed me. Problem is you must keep going back. You have to find a good one though, I tried many and some made me worse so be careful.
You will make it through everything.....look at me, made it to 52 and still kickin (sometimes too much-LOL)! Eventually you learn to live with a wreck of a body after you get over the initial shock. Sometimes we just aren't given a choice on what we must endure, think we can't go on but we do somehow!
Hope you feel better today! JEAN
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From: "marianne bolding" <email@example.com> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 4:02 PM Subject: my latest Drama
Well...I received bad news from my chiro yesterday. As a kid I had minor scoliosis...we did new x-rays to see how I've progressed (especially after all these car accidents)...I am now in stage II of major scoliosis. The point of "no return". I have a reflux of 80 degrees....when it hits 100 I will have to have surgery and get pins and stuff in the back to straighten the spine. This is apparently what is causing my diaphragm pressure. The spine is pushing my lungs onto the rib cage. My neck is even worse. showing breakdown and deteriation. Possible reason to why I have problems swallowing. I may have to check into a brace for now. The only thing I can do is try to prevent it from hitting 100 so I can avoid surgery. With the pain I feel all over...I don't even care anymore. I never know if it's hernia, adhesions, or back-shoulder and neck probs. It's just a constant achy feeling everywhere. I was so sick last night. And feeling ill today, too. Pushed up my appt. with the PCP to try to get more tests done before my insurance runs out. Test for acid damage, and blockage in swallowing. Colette, you were talking about the chiro to me in an e-mail...my diagnosis should let you know that I completely encourage you to go. Every little part plays an important factor in our over all well-being. Chiro's are not quacks. There is a legitimacy to their work. Kinesiology has been known to help with some bowel problems. An incorrect spine can increase your difficulties to pass. Maybe it "could" help you. And yes, call the OBGYN doc. and try to push up GI...do everything you said. And get a pcp in it, too. The more docs you have the better chance you'll get of one person listening to you. If you deal with one doc at a time and he is not attentive...it'll take longer for you to find relief. Schedule them all. I find it intersting how every thing is crossing over. Anorexia can affect your bones, your GI tract, and OBGYN factors. Scoliosis is a break down of tissue and muscles causing weakening of the spine...isn't an adhesion a tissue? Funny huh? Please take care of yourself. Love, Marianne
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