It has been a while since I've posted something here, I've been doing some stuff in order to improve my kyphoscoliosis and manage the pain level:
- I started to work out at the gym (about 1 year ago until now), mostly bodyweight exercises (planks, dips, chinups) and very light free weights. I'm somewhat happy with the outcome although the pain levels are almost the same, I just find it easier to do some day-to-day activities. Here are some progress pics:
- I did a CAT scan on my back, it revealed a protruded disc at L5-S1, I went on a follow-up appointment with a neurosurgery specialist. The doctor checked me for signs of paralysis (which I didn't have) and told me that there weren't enough reasons for a disc repair surgery. He basically told me to "deal with it" and prescribed me some tramadol for the pain.
- A month ago I scheduled an appointment with a column specialist in a private hospital. He actually mentioned that spinal fusion could be an option, however it would have to be very long (L5 - T4) to cover the whole scoliosis, also because I'm 25 y.o. and have a matured spine my chances of a good correction are slimmer. He also stated that there are no guarantees that my pain levels are going to be any better which I find very odd.
His opinion is that spinal fusion is out of the table unless my curve worsens (like 3º-4º degrees) in the span of 1 year (which I don't believe it will happen), the bright side is that at least I'm going to have my cobb angles measured after years of disregard by GP's upon my requests, I've always wanted to know.
- I started to go to physiotherapy recently, I'm doing some GPR (global postural reeducation) sessions that look like this:
It's more of a palliative thing, I go out feeling more relieved but I get the same pain level after a couple of days (or day). It is worth pointing out that the therapist worked with some spinal fused patients that developed all kind of complications and compensatory curves over the years, he strongly advised me AGAINST spinal fusion because he believes that it will actually worsen my quality of life, he told me that I wouldn't be able to twist my torso for instance, like this:
I don't find this to be true at all, for what I've seen on the web there are people with fused spines with great mobility, I believe it depends on the characteristics of the individual (curve severity, age, fitness level, etc..), the kind of technique used for surgery and the overall skill of the doctor. I suspect that the techniques used for spinal fusion in my country are somewhat outdated, I don't see any other reason for the amount of nightmarish tales around.
It's insane the amount energy and joy that this condition has sucked up from me, I feel really depressed, I find it harder over the time to push my self up..