I am almost 23 years old and have had scoliosis in my lower back since birth, it's an S curve. I have a short right leg, about 3 inches. I read a comment on another from a girl in a similar situation. It was so encouraging to know I'm not alone :) I had an infection in my right hip as a newborn (I was premature.) The infection spread down my right leg and caused it to slow the growth of my right foot. It is a size and half or so smaller then my left foot. I am not sure whether the infection was due to the scoliosis or not. As a result my hip and a couple toes on my right foot needed to be removed. I am able to walk easier though with the help of a 3 inch lift on my right shoes. I have not had surgery for my scoliosis. I was told that it would be a last resort, when pain is unbearable. Doctors are afraid I will be unable to walk after the surgery since aligning my spine and pelvic bone would make my right leg even shorter.. without a right hip leg-lengthening procedures have never been an option. Sorry this has gotten so long winded! I forget the exact degree of my curve, it is severe though. I went to my orthopedic doctor about 2 years ago and then he said my curve had not progressed any. I have Lordosis (sp) also, where my spine curves inward like a C, but like a backward C, that's the best way I can describe it. This is what causes me most lower back pain :( I say all this to ask if you can provide any information on how this might affect a pregnancy. My fiance and I would love to have children of our own down the road. We're afraid of the risks to my health as well as the baby's. I remember being told I could have children one day, but I was very young. Since then my mother who was a nurse has said I would need complete bed rest while carrying the baby and that I could die if I tried giving birth or I could be paralyzed! Is that true? I definitely need to see my doctor and know for sure. Could I give birth without a c-section? What other risks might there be? Is it possible to pass scoliosis to my children? Thanks for reading and for your help :) God bless.
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