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Does Lumbar Scoliosis affect pregnancy and sex?

By June 15, 2009 - 3:47am
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i have scoliosis in the lumber region of my back and i was wondering if it affects pregnancy and having sex.

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I guess like many others i was actually born with Lumbar Scoliosis, not only that but also Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital and other birth defects (which is not hereditary). unfortunately l have no earthly idea what would happen if i did get pregnant, which is what my husband and i are doing, or trying. but the more people say I can't do it, makes me want to prove them wrong. It might be dumb or idiotic, i just don't like limitations on something other don't know for them selves. please let me know if this sounds to ridiculous. Thank you for your time.

April 27, 2014 - 4:25pm
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hi my name is tracy and i have had scoliosis which also makes me limp, i have been wearring a raised shoe on my left foot and a low shoe on my right foot to avoid the limping since birth,i had surgery almost a year ago and am still recovering but due to the pain and stiffness,i havent been so active which is making me gain weight.i have had problems with my relationships for so many years now because most people in my country havent seen a thing like this before. i really want to be encouraged. and i want to know if the scoliosis will increase if i stop wearring the raised shoe which isnt that comfortable and makes people make fun of me.

February 3, 2012 - 1:15pm
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Hi Diane, you said about pregnancy: "The women who had not had surgery had a greater risk of having their curvature increase than those who had not had the surgery, as you might expect." Did you mean women who had not had surgery had a greater risk than those who had had the surgery? I'm 22 years old and have had a 43 degree curve since i was about 15. I've been doing the Dorn method along with other exercises and have not had any pain ever, and minimal trouble like not being able to stay still for a long time. I don't plan on getting surgery and leave it all to my own body and mind to fix it or live with it (as normally as possible)

July 9, 2011 - 12:12pm
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hola. tengo 28 años y desde los 14 años me diagnosticaron escoliosis lumbar derecho con una pequeña desviación hacia la parte anterior, por exámenes que me han practicado descubrieron que ha afectado la posición del colon a nivel del sigmoide. Tengo en este momento 26 semanas de gestación y el dolor en muy fuerte en la zona lumbar y sacra. con este resumen quiero saber si afecta en el momento del parto, por que quiero que me practiquen una cesaría ya que con mi primer hija fue muy doloroso el parto y me tuvieron que hacer cesaría después de todo un día de sufrimiento. gracias

June 14, 2011 - 1:58pm
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I am a 20 year old female. When i was 14 i was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and my curve is 33degrees. I've never had any treatment (apart from a few physio to try and strengthen my core stability). I got discharged today, they said there was no more they could to for me as i've stopped growing. I just wondered whether i'll have trouble in pregnancy relating to my spine. I do get pain, but this is due to the muscle in my left hand side being over-stretched. It's only a dull pain now and then (like toothache...) very uncomfortable.
Any comments are great help, thanks :)

October 26, 2010 - 9:11am
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Were you able to read Diane's post (first page of this thread), as she provided great information and documented studies on scoliosis and pregnancy.

October 26, 2010 - 12:42pm
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Hi Anonymous,

Great question and I am sorry you have been dealing with so much pain. Research suggests that women can still have babies with scoliosis although back surgery should be done first. Since you did not have surgery and now are dealing with severe back pain (which is obvious since you are gaining weight and placing a larger burden on your back), you should see your physician regularly to try and have your pregnancy and pain monitored.

As for the explanation: scoliosis is a curvature in your spine (it is different for each individual)
A 24 degree can either be to the right or the left. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the rear and back of the thigh and all the way down to the foot, connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles.

Now in your case, sciatic pain (or the numbness in the legs) can occur when the nerve roots in the lower spine are irritated or compressed. This is often called a herniated disc. Since every person is different, your treating physician could be more specific about your specific case but that is the generalized explanation. I hope this information helps.

Was your physician concerned about your pregnancy?

June 12, 2010 - 10:09am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your response. When I explained my problem to my OB, she gave me the number to an orthopaedist. The orthopaedist wasn't too specific, just said that I could get massages and take Tylenol, but that was my only options for treating the pain. And after I had the baby, if the pain persists, to come back for an MRI. And for now to try not to do, well basically - anything. I don't go to my OB again for another 5 weeks.

June 12, 2010 - 1:54pm
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Hi there, I keep reading all these wonderful answers and hope someone clarify things for me. I found out I had scoliosis of a 24 degree curvature when I was 18. No, never had surgery and never considered it. I'm now 28 years old (5'8, 130 lbs) and 21 weeks pregnant with excrutiating pains in my lower back. It's been steadily getting worse over the past 2 months to the point where almost every step I take will take my breath away (bc of the pain) and I even almost fell twice just walking. It felt as though I just didn't have a leg. I went to an orthopaedist who informed me that I have two curvatures at the lower back, first to the right then to the left. I can't have an MRI (being pregnant) but after a few simple tests he was explaining that with the uterus growing it's causing more pain on my back and (here's where I'm confused) it's the muscles or nerves that are tearing away causing the pain? He also explained something about the nerves or muscles? that are hitting my sciatic nerve which is causing the numbness in my leg and that's why it just doesn't work sometimes and I start to fall. Can anyone clarify this for me?

June 12, 2010 - 8:22am
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Hi. I was on the net trying to find a site that will give me some insight when i stumbled upon this site....Im a 24year old, in Dental School and i was diagnosed with L4-L5 disc herniation with some nerve damage along with lumber scoliosis 11 years ago after a car accident. I was initially in a lot of pain, which lasted for about a year (constant throbbing pain, radiating down to my left leg). I was instructed for physiotherapy, which helped to a certain extent and after about a couple months my pain had subsided. However, now i am in 3rd year of Dental School and due to the posture we must be at while examining patients and the constant large work loads, my pain had returned and i was admitted many times into the hospital and instructed bed rest for as long as i could. This was the only treatment option i was given but the only problem is the pain is still there and has been progressing for the past 9months...not only has my excruciating back pain worsened, it has held me back from my regular activities including school.

My question is what can i do?? Ever since this episode of pain has started, i have been depressed over what sort of limitations i have had and will continue to suffer from.

June 12, 2010 - 2:57am
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