Its crazy to think how quickly something can change your life forever. The slightest thing can cause a huge impact… From either just carrying a heavy bag to doing sit-ups or walking with the wrong ‘technique’. I never even thought about the implications of carrying a side bag instead of a backpack with all my books in (ones I sometimes didn’t even need for the day) in my bag for school EVERY DAY! Then it brings us to November 2016 in London where they diagnosed me with ‘Acute Scoliosis‘, an S-shaped back. Commonly it does not cause pain… I had to be the anomaly didn’t I hahaha.
Yes, it may be slight. Yes, there are people who have a more extreme angle of bend. Yes, the Scoliosis I have isn’t bad enough to have an operation. However, it is still there. I still get pain. It still restricted me from dancing – which is a big factor in my life. Firstly, before I got diagnosed my GP in the London Borough of Bromley told me I was over exaggerating and that I was completely fine and that there was nothing wrong with my body at all… That didn’t stop me, I kept pushing for the GP to transfer me to a specialist clinic where I could get tests/examinations done to get to the bottom of what as going on. One physiotherapist told me I wouldn’t be able to dance again due to the pain I was getting in my back yet, another said I could. A dance specialist said I wouldn’t be able yet, another said I could because they had seen dancers with worse scoliosis than me. The amount of different opinions I was given was insane.
This Easter holiday I came back home to Bahrain and was telling my dad what was happening with my treatment in the UK. He then suggested I went to http://www.intouchclinic.com as he had previously done an article on this clinic in the Gulf Weekly Newspaper – http://www.gulfweekly.com/Articles/32947//RELIEVING-THE-PAIN. Today I have had my third session and second physiotherapy session with them and I honestly feel so much better. I was given such amazing advice.
The things they said to me added up more than anything I have been told about my back. When I was younger I suffered from Anorexia Nervosa but I won’t get into that at the moment, however they told me because I didn’t give my body that rest to build up the muscles etc. Going straight into a full on performing arts course messed up my back. Being a student it is also quite hard to have a budget, good diet therefore my muscles were giving up as well as the fact of the pressure from the curve in my spine resulted in lower back pain. I also have extremely tight Hamstrings and Gluteus, which has increased the pain in my lower back. They have given me a list of foods and supplements to include/increase in my diet to ensure I get back on the right track and can move forward in my training and get to where I want to be in the future. One thing that stood out to me the most was the fact the doctor told me I should completely eliminate Soda from my diet… Especially Diet Coke… I was told, not only can it be connected to higher likelihood of a stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain and metabolic syndrome it has a toxin added to it which was used in world war two which in small amounts creates the sweet taste… Obviously as it is a toxin, in bigger amounts I couldn’t even start to imagine how dangerous it is for your body and health. I was also told that studies have shown people who drink soda (diet especially) have had unexplained pains in the body (which may have contributed to my back)…
A lot of “if’s and but’s” however, we’re getting there… It goes to show the more you press for answers and not give up you soon will get on the track to find out the causes of these slight or big problems.
Simple sum up of Scoliosis:
- Majority of cases have no identifiable cause – this is called Idiopathic Scoliosis
- It is an extremely common spinal deformity
- Scoliosis is diagnosed both males and females however, females are significantly more likely to have scoliosis curves that progress and need either bracing, physiotherapy and/or surgery
- Early diagnosis is extremely important
Google explanation: abnormal lateral curvature of the spine
What do you do if you think you have or your child has scoliosis?
You need to make an appointment with your doctor ASAP. If the first examination shows some abnormalities the doctor usually will order an X-ray and/or MRI scan to be done so he/she can assess the degree of the curve and the steps to do next. It is possible for untreated scoliosis to progress and lead to more serious complications (which is not what we want!), such as the potential for chronic pain and/or restricted activity. To prevent further complications for scoliosis, treatment and early detection is a must!
National Scoliosis Awareness Month (Scoliosis Research Society (SRS))