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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 am almost 23 years old and have had scoliosis in my lower back since birth, it's an S curve. I too have a short right leg, about 3 inches. I read a comment on page 2 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.

May 25, 2010 - 10:52pm
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I have scoliosis and i am 15 years old. I have had one oporation on the top part of my back and i have found out that i have got to have another oporation in the lower part of my back. My curve before the first oporation was about 60 degrees and i got pains all the time but i dont get pains with the lower part of my back (Luckly) x

May 18, 2010 - 1:32am
EmpowHER Guest

I know depending on the severity it can affect it. Also, I dont know exactly what all characteristics you may have but my sister has scoliosis - as do I. She also has a MVP and those were two of the key characteristics of a condition known as Marfan Syndrome. There is another condition similar to Marfan Syndrome. It could be possible you just happen to have those two [scoliosis & MVP] but you could also be affected by Marfan syndrome or another classification. It could be something to look into. It affects the sternum, heart, connective tissues etc. People affected are generally - but not always a small frame and tall. seo can shed a better light - and also have answers to the question you asked about how it can affect certain life decisions. - it may not have anything to do with it but marfans is a treatable- but not curable - condition which should be monitored.

[I have had scoliosis and so far normal, a moderate degree of curvature but its not noticable, also besides sitting and standing a while and certain activities; im okay. besides the normal ache feeling.]

hope I helped.

December 18, 2009 - 10:48pm

Hi, Emmaley,

OK, I am very glad that your blood tests came back negative, but I know that it means the puzzle remains. So frustrating, isn't it?

OK, I'm not sure I'm crazy about a doctor who wants you to wait until something gets worse before she can test for it. What? What? She can't order a CT scan for you?

Is this an insurance issue? Or something similar?

I'm not satisfied with your doctor's findings either, emmaley. Is she a general doctor? Does she have a specialty?

Have you had any jaw or dental work done recently? Do you still have your wisdom teeth? If so, do they ever appear swollen or irritated?

Here's a good diagram of the lymph nodes in our heads and necks. Is there a particular place where your pain and/or lump seems to always be located?


Has your doctor considered that you might have an infection of some sort?

Here is the Mayo Clinic's page on swollen lymph nodes. Please be sure to click on the links to the left which include causes, diagnosis, treatments and drugs. I'm interested to see if this sounds like what you have?

And you never mentioned what your doctor said to you about your bone scan. Was there anything specific going on there that might be causing your pain?

December 9, 2009 - 8:21am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Hello again. I beleived mine is a cervical nodes. And about my bone scan, my doctor never refer me to a rheumatologist or any specialst coz my blood test came out negative, and she's a GP. I don't think there's any issue with the insurance, it's just that it's too early to tell what kind of symptoms I have as what she says.

I don't have my wisdom teeth anymore for a couple of years now, or never had any jaw or dental work. It's really frustrating coz they think I'm ok because of my blood tests although I'm the one who's feeling all the pain, and yet they can't refer me to a specialist.

December 9, 2009 - 9:15am
(reply to emmaley)

Emmaley, If you'll hang in there with me for a few days, I'll ask a member of our Medical Advisory Board to look at your question and our conversation and see what their thoughts are. Can you do that?

December 10, 2009 - 9:07am
(reply to Diane Porter)

HI Dianne. I really appreciate your effort. I'm glad I found you here. I'm not lossing hope anyways, I just need to hear informations like what you've been providing me. Thank you so much.

December 12, 2009 - 12:16am
(reply to emmaley)


Here is what we received from the doctor we asked to review your question, Dr. Philip Sarrel of Yale University:

"This description is of a medically complicated condition. She's only 32 and already has degenerative bone disease. From a gynecologist's point of view, this can be seen in smokers who have had a hysterectomy at a young age. It's also seen in high-level athletes.

Otherwise, the problem is one for an internist who specializes in bone disorders as it can be seen with other glandular disorders (thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, etc) and a variety of bone diseases. The
National osteoporosis Foundation might have a referral system for finding a specialist in her area.

The physician who ordered the tests could be the right person to do the evaluation or might have a reliable resource in their community for referral. The bottom line is that it is not a condition to ignore.

Dr. Sarrel

December 21, 2009 - 9:13am

Hi Diane. I just got my result about my blood test, it came out all negative. I'm just worried coz my right ear is starting to get numb partially since last thursday and my doctor says I have to wait for atleast 2 weeks and see if it gets worst. If does, I should go staright to ER so I can get a quick CT scan. It doesn't hurt but today I felt there's something in my cheeckbone and it's kinda affecting my right eye, still doesn't hurt but it's annoying. And of course I don't want to wait till it gets worst, but my doctor says even if I go to ER now, there's a possibility that they won't recommend any CT scan yet because of the mild symptoms. And she says "maybe" there's something's wrong with my nerves.

I never heard of Lipomo, but I have same symptoms. It hurts when I lift anything havier than 5 lbs and my lump grows back after a day or so. Sorry if my condition is so complicated, it's just that I'm not satisfied with doctor's findings. I have all these pain and yet everything is negative. Again thank you for your time and information.

December 8, 2009 - 8:39am

Hi. Just wondering if there's anyone can translate or explain more about my situation. I just had my bone scan a week ago, due to the pain on my knee arm and shoulder. Just got the findings and says anterior and posterolateral planar images demonstrate increased uptake within shoulder girdles and knees bilaterally consistent with degenerative change. There is a mild lumbar scoliosis convex leftward. And the impression is sites of increased uptake consistent with mild to moderate degenerative changes. I'm 32 yrs old, and I'm having pain for like 3 months now. At first my doctor just advice me to take pain releiver, not until my last visit last week and asked her to refer me for bone scan coz the pain is very unusual to me and never ends. First thing in the morning especially when I wake up, my knees are stiffed and my arms are cracking and it's like dislocated. Thank you for your time.

November 16, 2009 - 6:39pm
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