||[May. 20th, 2005|09:10 pm]
Hello! My name's Julie. I was actually thinking of making a kyphosis community a while back but decided against it since not many people seemed to have it listed as an interest. So I was pretty surprised when I saw this place come up when I looked up kyphosis again today. :)|
Anyway, I'm 17 and I have both kyphosis and scoliosis. The kyphosis is much worse though. I was diagnosed about two years ago, but it was noticable since I was 8 or so. For a while I didn't really pay attention to it, but once other kids in school began to call me names I knew something wasn't right. The first specialist I went to (back around 11) said I just had bad posture, but both my parents and I knew that couldn't have been the case. I just couldn't stand/sit up straight. It's not that it was painful, just uncomfortable. When I was diagnosed with it I had a 68 degree curve. I wore a brace for a year, and it didn't help me at all. It was extremely heavy and hot. I've been to a chiropractor since then and it appears that my back isn't as curved but I haven't gotten it x-rayed since I first got the brace off.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do later on to "fix" it. I don't want to go back to a brace, and the idea of surgery makes me kind of sick. But I'm sure leaving it alone would only hurt me. :/