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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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(reply to emmaley)

Hi, Emmaley. Welcome to EmpowHer, and thank you for your question!

First of all, let me congratulate you for asking for a bone scan when things did not seem right to you. When a person has been in unexplained pain for three months, something is clearly going on.

Here are a few things that may help in the translation:

Anterior -- toward the front
Posterolateral -- toward the back and side
Planar images -- multiple images that, together, make up a whole
Uptake -- in this case, it means how much of the x-ray "tracer" material that the bones take in. The more they take in, the more the area shows up as a "hot spot" on the x-ray.
Shoulder girdles -- the three bones that form the shoulder girdle are the clavicle, the scapula and the humerus
Bilaterally -- both sides
Degenerative change -- a change in density that indicates degeneration, or decline
Lumbar scoliosis -- curvature of the spine
Convex -- a convex curve bulges outward. (a concave curve bulges inward).

So looking at your findings, what it tells me is that the combined images of your shoulder bones and knee bones -- on both sides -- show that there was more "uptake" than normal, meaning there is a decline in the density or strength of the bones.

What this doesn't tell us is why. Has your doctor discussed the results of the scan with you yet? Do you have a history of osteoporosis or scoliosis in your family?

November 18, 2009 - 8:47am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Thank you so much for the information, Diane. I believed one of my cousin has scoliosis. I actually have another health issue, not sure if it's related to what I have rigth now. I had a lump on my neck back 2003-2006, which comes and go and goes on my left or right neck. I told my doctor that everytime I carry something heavy it pops up, she says there's no connection. Then my doctor asked me to do biopsy ( 2003 ), but when I came there they don't want to do any examination because it gets smaller than what I have on my record which is true. It stopped from 2006 and just this year, January to be exact it comes back and by mid March it got huge like half size of the tennis ball and I can't move my neck for almost 4 months. I got my biopsy last May, and the findings is that I have a weak lung and been going under treatment. My doctor says my pain comes from my antibiotics, but I dont know what she'll say about my bone scan result. I'll be seeing my doctor on friday, keep you updated. Thank you again.

November 18, 2009 - 10:53am
(reply to emmaley)

Hi, Emmaley,

Thanks so much for writing back.

The lump on your neck -- is it hard or soft when you press on it? Meaning, does it feel more like a little lump of fat or like a little hard bump?

Does it move around easily, like it's not really connected to anything?

Does it hurt when you press on it?

Is it in the area of your glands, (like where our moms used to feel to see if we had the mumps)? Or is it farther down, like in the area of your collarbone?

And the biopsy in May was of this lump? (I am a little confused as to how that relates to the lung).

Please let me know the answers to these questions and I'll see if I can find you any information that might help about the lump. And I will be very interested to hear what your doctor says about your bone scan results on Friday.

When you go to the doctor on Friday, I want you to take a list of questions you have written out so that you will get all the information you want, OK? Sometimes it's hard for us to remember everything we wanted to ask once we get there. Take a small notebook and a pen, and write down the things she or he says so you can remember them later. The doctor never minds when you do this -- in fact, they know that their patients who take notes are working hard to understand their own health. Ask her to repeat or spell anything you are unfamiliar with so you can look it up or ask us later, OK?

November 23, 2009 - 8:16am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Hi, Diane. About the lump on my neck it's kinda soft like a gel type when you press it. It's always near my collarbone, and beleive it or not it goes on my left or right neck so I don't feel like it's connected to anything. When I had my biopsy, they only took the half of it by needle, and the rest they let it self drain. The findings is Inactive TB Infection. I'm very concern because I've been taking my medicines for almost 6 months now and still my lump comes once in awhile, specially when I lift something. Right now I can't even lift anything that is more that 5 lbs. I really appreciate your concern and and especially the information you providing me. I will get back to you as soon as I get my blood results. Again, thank you so much.

November 28, 2009 - 11:13pm
(reply to emmaley)


Please, please do come back and update me when you get your blood results. I am surprised that the lump is somehow connected to inactive TB infection, simply because I don't find such lumps associated with inactive (or latent) infections; and with active TB, the symptoms are cough, pain, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, lack of appetite, fever, chills and night sweats.

Here's a good page about active vs. inactive:


And here is the CDC's site about TB and latent TB:


I have no doubt that you could, indeed, have latent or inactive TB, but it seems odd that it is related to this lump.

Has anyone mentioned the possibility that this is a lipoma to you? (Not lymphoma -- that is something different. Lipoma.) They are slow-growing lumps of tissue that are benign but can be bothersome, and they feel exactly as you describe. Here's the Mayo Clinic page on Lipomas. Be sure to click on the links down the left side that go to Symptoms, Causes, Treatments and so on:


When you lift something that weighs more than 5 pounds, does the lump hurt?

November 30, 2009 - 9:06am
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I have a double curve. I had my fusion done in 1989 from T1 to L4. I had to push for 2 1/2 hours and then my son was finally vaccumed out. Because my spine wasn't able to curve like a normal pregnant woman, my son had trouble getting around my pelvic bone. Since I had my son in 1998 I have a list of problems with my back. I have Progressive Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, the vertebra under where my rods stop has a small crack, Spondylosis and nerve damage. The day after I had my son, I had my tubes tied. The doctors felt I shouldn't carry anymore babies. So he's my only one.

November 4, 2009 - 10:49am
(reply to Anonymous)

Anon, thank you so much for writing to tell us about your experience. All deliveries are hard, but your labor with him was even more a labor of love, wasn't it? I hate to think about how hard that was on you and the problems you have had since then.

Did the doctors think that it was the pregnancy itself, or more the labor, that affected your body in all these ways?

Have you been receiving treatment for the disc disease, the stenosis, the cracked vertabrae, the spondylosis or the nerve damage? Is there any information we can find for you regarding any of these conditions?

November 5, 2009 - 9:20am

Hello Damilola,

I'm so glad I found this site because I have so many questions related to Scoliosis. I was diagnosed with Lumbar Scoliosis in the 9th grade after seeing the doctor because I took the "bend-over test" at school. Sadly, I haven't been to see the doctor about my Scoliosis because I really didn't have any severe problems until I was an adult. Now that I'm 34 yrs. old and 30 pounds heavier than I was in high school, I'm really having a difficult time coping with pain in my lower back and left leg. Last weekend I took Advil the whole time because I was in so much pain. It didn't take all the pain away, but it took the edge off. My main concerns are am I going to have problems when me and my husband decide to have kids and will the pain increase as I get older? I'm soooo scared. The doctor told me when I was a teenager that I may have to be put on bed rest when I do get pregnant. I don't know how many degrees the curvature is, but I don't think it's that bad because people never notice it until I point it out. I'm always thinking about a deep tissue massage because they feel so good. I stretch my back everyday because that also feels really good. But I'm always in constant pain. I don't know what type of doctor I should see. Can anyone tell me what type of specialist I should make an appointment with? Is there anything else I can do to relieve the pain?

September 25, 2009 - 8:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to INDPWMN)

hey im in the same boat i have scolosis to and im 31 years old im in pain all the time...i have just been to 6 doctors, it sucks...yes the recommend massages and yes i take medication everyday to control it...the pain is ridcoulous....but yeah i stretch and walk and take pain pills and I got these lanocin patches that help alot to...but yeah it crappy thing is...is there is no great cure for the pain...it sucks everything is just temporary...good luck girl...

June 17, 2010 - 8:54pm
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I am currently 22 years old and 21 weeks along in pregnancy. I found out when I was 15 that I had scoliosis, but my parents did not have the money to have the surgery done. I haven't experienced too many problems (until recently), my scoliosis is actually caused by my right leg being shorter than my left by about probably 2 inches now. I'm not quite sure where my scoliosis is located seeing as it was so long ago since it was discovered, I don't have the X-rays, and once again my parents didn't have the money to keep up specialist visits and such, I was also young and looked at it as 'who cares, it's not like it hurts'.. Guess what, it sure hurts now! Mostly in my upper back in the right side of my ribs, it's been pretty controllable until today. I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm an office manager and sit most the day in a hard uncomfortable chair, I did discover today tho that sitting on my stability ball seems to help, although I'm not sure if it really does or if it's all in my head.. If you have any suggestions or comments to this I would Greatly Appreciate it! (I don't know what degree my curvature is, sorry)

September 18, 2009 - 4:12pm
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