R.J.'s Scoliosis Story

The scoliosis had progressed so rapidly that it could not be stopped, only slowed down a tiny bit. So we went back to the specialist and she said that the only way to correct it would be surgery, and that not even a brace could stop it.

By: R.J.
Age: 14

I was 11 when we found out that I had scoliosis. It was during a scoliosis check that they found it. It was just a small curvature but it was significant enough to where they had me go see a specialist.

A year later it had increased so much that we had me go into chiropractic care with Dr. Shelby of Shelby chiropractic. They had me doing exercises and traction. The traction started out with a contraption that made me get flushed and feeling really hot but after a while we stopped doing chiropractic for about 3-4 months and went back to it and by then he had a new way of approaching the scoliosis traction, instead of having me standing up he had me lying down.

But since we had stopped for so long the scoliosis had progressed so rapidly, to 56 degrees, that it could not be stopped, only slowed down a tiny bit. So we went back to the specialist and she said that the only way to correct it would be surgery, and that not even a brace could stop it.

After she said the word surgery I almost collapsed with fear. I had had surgery a year or two before hand.

So after about 6 months I finally had the surgery. I had to have 9 discs taken out of my back, I had a chest tube, and they had to remove a rib to get in through my front. When I awoke I felt so bad, and man was I in pain!

I was in the hospital for a week and then at my aunt's for another week because she is a nurse. She took real good care of me and even changed my dressings so well that when I went to get my staples taken out, my doctor told me that whoever was changing my dressings was doing an excellent job. My curvature went from 81 degrees to 35 degrees. My curve was the worst I had ever heard of. I went to a lot of websites about other people's surgeries and the largest curvature I had seen was 50-60 degrees.

I am feeling so much better now that the surgery is done and over with. I'm still on like 5 different pain meds but I'm in a lot less pain. I hope my story helps other people who are going to have the surgery done on themselves.

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