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    my damn back

    My damn upper back just keeps getting worse (as does everything else, but this is a back post.) It keeps feeling tighter and tighter, with the bones feeling as if they stick out further through the skin. I think there's some relation with the way I sit due to the scoliosis - besides the torque of my right side, and the lateral bend, I'm always bending forward just below my rib cage, and that's very uncomfortable. The chest strap doesn't prevent the bending, and I haven't found a brace that does. Massage doesn't help. Any ideas what I can do? This back needs help, and the orthopod says no.

    BTW, my Orioles still suck.
    Alan

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    #2
    Would a modified chair that was like a trolly or cart be possible - leaning forward and to the left on a flat angled surface. Maybe it would streatch back and reverse the scoliosis a little.

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      #3
      I've opted for surgery because my back pain was pretty much running my life, but you may want to consider some options like:

      1. Pilates: A friend of mine somehow managed to reverse her scoliosis by taking these classes. They help build stronger core muscles, which is usually the cause of scoliosis (weak muscles). Keep in mind her curve was not that severe. I'm not sure where yours is at, but no pilates or yoga could save me.

      2. Seating Adjustments: Go to a seating clinic at your local rehab centre. They may be able to put wedges and even side supports to help you compensate for the way you are currently sitting.

      3. Physio: If you can access a physio familiar with scoliosis, they can often either work with you on specifically strengthening the weaker side of your back, and give you methods of relieving pain through stretches

      If I think of anything else, I'll let you know. Good luck!

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        #4
        We've tried seating adjustments, and corsets, and hard braces. No luck.

        I haven't found a PT knowledgeable about scoliosis, but the ones I have seen weren't able to help because the pain and scapula popping prevented me from exercising (I was willing, and did try, but that skin-ripping sensation when I move, coupled with the bone on bone rubbing, made it intolerable. I'm still looking for a way.)
        Alan

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          #5
          sorry to hear alan ,pain and spasms are my worse enemy from my neck down all over my body.maybe a good pain medical center will help us one day.
          good luck and never give up.

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            #6
            Originally posted by alan
            BTW, my Orioles still suck.
            I had to chuckle when I saw this one-liner. You will never lose your sense of humor, and that's something you need....

            Go, Orioles!!! Beat somebody!!!

            Take care, Alan! And as my friend at work says about things that just get on her nerves..."Press on, anyway!"

            Teena

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              #7
              It's simply getting too difficult to sit, and to move. I don't have that much movement -- I want to be able to use what I have. Sitting lopsided, with the back troubles, prevent that.

              BTW, my new TDX3 chair isn't helping. I don't like where the headrest is (too far forward), and we haven't figured out a way to fix that. A different frame and headrest, perhaps.
              Alan

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                #8
                Pain in your back

                You should see an Osteopath for help as you may have some dislocated and / or pinched nerves and they need to be reset.

                Good Luck

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by painlessjoe
                  You should see an Osteopath for help as you may have some dislocated and / or pinched nerves and they need to be reset.

                  Good Luck
                  Joe, do you get the full meaning of "We're spinal cord injured"???

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by painlessjoe
                    You should see an Osteopath for help as you may have some dislocated and / or pinched nerves and they need to be reset.

                    Good Luck
                    I dont know if alan has rods or not but fusions are pretty hard to reset without surgery. I would even be afraid to let someone "reset" what isnt fused...LOL I am pretty sure all of us here have pinched and dislocated nerves.... Sorry joe...

                    Feel better Alan.... and may the orioles win a game soon
                    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                    My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by LaMemChose
                      Joe, do you get the full meaning of "We're spinal cord injured"???
                      Have a nice day to you too.

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                        #12
                        i dont think painless Joe understands what we are all doing here
                        cauda equina

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                          #13
                          I don't have rods. I think I could use them.

                          And the Orioles still suck.
                          Alan

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                            #14
                            Alan, I don't know if you use a power chair but if you do, have you considered a tilt in place. Some days when I'm really hurting or exhausted the tilt comes in handy. It's a struggle to get in and out of bed some days so I go up against a wall tilt my chair back and put a pillow up against the wall with my head resting on it. It's not quite as comfy as lying down but it does help somewhat. Also consider a J-back. I tend too sit more on my left hip and the j-back does help some. I don't think you can use a j back on a manual chair since I don't think it would be able to fold.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by alan
                              I don't have rods. I think I could use them.

                              And the Orioles still suck.
                              Gentle hugs, Alan!!!

                              And I repeat...GO ORIOLES!!! BEAT SOMEBODY!!!

                              Take care!

                              Teena

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