Re: Straight Spine - Getting a Diagnosis and Assistance...
Hiya, welcome to SSO
I'm going to ask a few questions, hope you don't mind but it will help me to work out how best to help you
Your main problem is hypolordosis/hypokyphosis and you have the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, is that correct?
Have you been seen by a medically qualified spinal doctor? I'm assuming that you have had x-rays done - if so, were they taken with you standing up or lying down? Do you have copies that we could look at? It is impossible to assess spinal deformities from scans because the spine flattens out when you are lying down, so standing images are required.
In what way is sitting stressful for you? Could you describe your symptoms further please?
Respiratory problems are very unlikely to be connected to hypokyphosis/hypolordosis unless you actually have thoracic hyperlordosis. Considering you are having real trouble with breathing I think you should seek a referral to get help directly from a doctor who specialises in respiratory issues. You obviously need help here, so a respirologist would be able to get that help sorted for you. They would then be able to refer you on to a spinal specialist if they felt that your spine was the cause.
Exercises would not usually induce hypolordosis or hypokyphosis - or indeed any spinal deformity - in a healthy mature adult, so please don't blame yourself for this.
Don't worry, we'll do our best to aid you in finding help!
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