So, apparently I have scoliosis?

x-ray of torso with spine bent to the side - scoliosis
Front view of my spine — it curves out to right side, with the inside curve on my left

I’ve been told, a few times over the course of my life, that I have a little bit of scoliosis. It never meant much to me, till I saw a recent x-ray of my back. See above.

It’s not so terrible – I’ve seen worse cases when searching the web. Still, it’s a little unnerving to actually see it. Having a visual is a lot more meaningful than being told about it by people who didn’t have much to say about it.

Either that, or they tried to talk to me about it, and I wasn’t following — because we were in a medical situation and I was overwhelmed by the circumstances, or I just didn’t connect the proverbial dots and know how to follow up to discuss it.

That’s the problem with me and doctors / other healthcare providers. The conversations tend to progress quickly and cryptically, and I don’t follow exactly what they’re saying because, well, medical terminology… and me not knowing when or how or why I should ask questions. And by the time I figure it out, the window has closed, the opportunity has passed. So, I go on with my life, making the best of things, without actually having all the information I need.

Because buried in there… somewhere… is additional data I didn’t get a chance to follow up on.

Well, be that as it may, it doesn’t stop me from following up afterwards. And so I do. It looks like my scoliosis is not so, so terrible, and I might be able to address the issue with some stretching. That’s not going to make my bones straighten up, but it can improve my circulation and muscle tone. Also important — keeping my upper body strength, so I don’t get pulled to one side all the time.

Come to think of it — hey! eureka! — I have issues with the left side of my body being tighter. If the curve bends my spine farther to the right, it looks like it’s pulling my left side down, which is consistent with my experience — I’ve had real problems with my left shoulder and neck being so, so tight. And I can’t seem to get them to loosen up. Well, yuh… if my spine is literally pulling them down, it’s gonna be a little hard to get them to loosen up.

Unless, of course, I take extra measures. Maybe I can help myself, to at least some degree. That’s what I need to find out… That’s what I need to try.

And so I shall.

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  1. Pingback: My spine is bent – but I am not – Aspie Under Your Radar

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