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    Default Side effects of scoliosis..?

    Hello everyone. I've been living with moderate scoliosis since I was 12 (20 now), my curves are at about the 40-45 range.

    I was wondering if scoliosis makes it easier, or makes other problems occur easier? More specifically pinched or compressed nerves that can cause pain or tingling?

    Ive had tingling in my shoulder for a year or so, and recently got pain and tingling in my left leg. The doctor said it sounded like a pinched nerve, and sent me on my way with some anti-inflammatory pills. The pain and tingling went away after two days. And now recently my right leg has been tingling, and sometimes my right arm.

    To make a long story short, I'm just wondering if any of you have had similar problems because of scoliosis and if this is fairly common, or should I be worried about something else?

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    Default Re: Side effects of scoliosis..?

    Hello and welcome to the SSO site. Tingling and burning is often nerve pain. Scoliosis can cause nerve pinching or other nerve problems. You can only know if you have a qualified scoliosis professional. I have had my share of nerve trouble but always seem to get past the really horrible pain. I seem to need lots of rest and muscle relaxers in addition to a pain med. Often it takes a long time. Many people have long lasting nerve pain and I don't know what they use to get through the day. You should probably be revaluated anyway if it's been 8 years. This is usually done through a scoliosis surgeon - doesn't mean he is going to do surgery on you. And again welcome!
    I am 61 years old and the resident SSO fossil. I live in Oklahoma,USA with my husband Allen. We have one daughter Jae and she has three kids.Our grandkids are: Aidan is8. He's the one pictured in my current avatar. Jenna Jean is 7 and Ryan Allen is just 4 It's full time chaos here! I was diagnosed in 1965 at 14 years with Kyphoscoliosis and 2 curves measuring 68 and 63 degrees. My last measurements were in 2004 at 155, 88 and 55+ degrees. I have never had surgery or bracing so I now am on full time oxygen and use a Non Invasive Ventilator at night. at night.

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    I've heard many times that "scoliosis doesn't cause pain." I've always wondered if the doctors that say this are misinformed, or if they are being really particular and saying that the curving of the spine itself isn't painful. I think its really misleading in either way, but I guess that it could be argued that much of the pain and symptoms that people with spinal curvatures experience are side-effects of the fact that their spine is way out of alignment.

    That said, scoliosis can definitely cause nerves to be pinched or in severe cases, the spinal cord itself to become compressed, as well as other nerve issues. But I believe there are also numerous other things that can cause similar tingling sensations( bad circulation, stress, etc) so like Jean said, you'd be best off going to see a scoliosis specialist and either figuring out if that is the cause, or ruling it out.

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    I think they say scoliosis doesn't cause pain as technically it doesn't, it's the muscles and so on that are affected by it that cause pain but my surgeon always knew I was in pain and didn't try and blow it off.

    I think I was more affected my scoliosis than I realised, silly things like only breathing through my mouth and not being able to blow my nose have stopped since my surgery (yes I can finally blow my nose!) It affectes everyone differently, my lower internal organs and my ribcage are now positioned totally differently. I never had tingling though, my muscles just seized up a lot, even after stupid things like bending over!

    Hope you don't have too much more trouble with things!
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    Thanks everyone! I'm due in for a regular check-up at the doctor sometime this month, so I'll bring this up and maybe be referenced to a specialist. Thanks again all. Until then, I'll just grin and bear this annoying pins and needles feeling. :P
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    No one who has scoliosis would ever say that scoliosis does not cause pain. I don't know what idiot started the whole "there is no pain" thing but I wish scoliosis on him! Not every person has the same kind of pain but I'll wager every single one of us has some pain. Even after bracing etc. therealways seems to be at least a bit of physical pain and then we can talk about emotional pain and mental pain......and how about it being a pain in the As*?
    I am 61 years old and the resident SSO fossil. I live in Oklahoma,USA with my husband Allen. We have one daughter Jae and she has three kids.Our grandkids are: Aidan is8. He's the one pictured in my current avatar. Jenna Jean is 7 and Ryan Allen is just 4 It's full time chaos here! I was diagnosed in 1965 at 14 years with Kyphoscoliosis and 2 curves measuring 68 and 63 degrees. My last measurements were in 2004 at 155, 88 and 55+ degrees. I have never had surgery or bracing so I now am on full time oxygen and use a Non Invasive Ventilator at night. at night.

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    I'm in pretty much the same boat as you - I'm 27 and I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with a 40-ish degree curve. I've been told by doctors that scoliosis is painless more times than I can count and have never had a chance to see a specialist. I've experienced the tingling before (which my doctor tried to write off as being a side-effect of anemia) and also get sciatica regularly (which is literally a pain in the a$$).

    It would make sense to me that scoliosis could cause spinal/disc problems to occur more easily, because the spine itself is not in the optimal position for bending, twisting, and absorbing shocks/stress.

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    Default Re: Side effects of scoliosis..?

    Angie, I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing the same frustrating problem! But at least I'm not too worried about it being something thats going to kill me now (yes, i'm a bit of a hypochondriac... )
    Thanks again everyone
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    I have been getting the pins and needles/nerve pain in my left leg, but have been working with a fantastic physio which has helped a lot with this and almost got rid of it. Make sure you get a referral to a specialist to help with this.

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    Default Re: Side effects of scoliosis..?

    Thanks cherrybird
    i hate that you guys are experinencing this, but at the same time it puts my hypochondriac mind to rest knowing its fairly normal.

    I'll be coming back to the UK in September, so do you think it'd be best to wait until then so nothing would be 'interrupted'.. if that makes sense?
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    I guess really it depends on whether you would have private treatment in the uk as the waiting lists on NHS can be a while. If you can start getting some physio in the US before coming back over, you may be able to use the exercises whilst waiting to be seen in the UK. (i'm not sure if that makes sense - I hope so)

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