I haven’t really spoken out about anything like this before, so bear with me as this post is a tad different to my norm!
Scoliosis.. some of you are probably thinking, WHAT?! I thought the same when I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 11 years old.
The dictionary definition of scoliosis is:-
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually “S”- or “C”-shaped. In some, the degree of curve is stable, while in others, it increases over time.
My scoliosis experience:
My family have always suffered with back problems, but it is my dad and my grandad who suffer the most. To be in pain every day of your life the way they are is just awful to even think about, let alone to experience. So back problems / back pain is a daily moan in our household.
A lot of people suffer with this back problem.. but they don’t even realise it! That’s why I am writing a blog post, I want to raise awareness and to help others seek any help they may need to stop it getting worse.
Fun fact: while I was at school, I wore a back brace.. this was like a tiny little corset which helped me to keep my spine straight. I wore this for 23 hours a day and only ever took the brace off for PE in school or netball outside of school.
When I was diagnosed with scoliosis it was the most horrific thing.. all I remember hearing was the words “back brace” and “operation”.. that’s a scary thing for an 11 year old girl to hear. Thankfully, I always received lots of love and support from my family so they made me realise a back brace wasn’t such a bad thing at all and was definitely the best option, over an operation anyway.
Looking back, I don’t even remember the 2 or so years I had to wear a back brace, it all went so fast and it was definitely the best thing I ever decided to go ahead with. It kept me super skinny too as I couldn’t eat much due to the tightness of the brace – it looked just like a corset.
Both of my sisters, Georgia and Amelie, suffer with scoliosis too but we all have our curves in different places which means we all experience different pain and different places of pain. Amelie was recently diagnosed with scoliosis (at the age of 10) and was told she couldn’t dance again.. Sadly, Amelie felt like her world had collapsed right in front of her as dancing is her favourite thing EVER. Thankfully, after having numerous X-rays and meeting lots of different specialists, she was told she could return to dancing but she has to be extra careful. It is a little annoying for her as unfortunately, it causes a little restriction on the way she dances.
I used to be back and forth to hospital appointments, literally every other month.. I mean, I didn’t mind, as the hospital was so far away that I had to (for medical reasons) take a day off school.. but we would be in the hospital for 3-4 hours on some occasions.. due to having an x-ray with my back brace and without my back brace every time I visited the hospital – it was a pain but I got to spend the day with my mum or my dad, so I didn’t mind too much!!!
I have to have an osteopath session every few 4-6 weeks, this is purely just to straighten my spine up again as over a period of time, my back begins to slant and I am a tad wonky looking.. it isn’t something you would probably notice, unless you knew what you were looking for but it used to make me feel super self-conscious! I mean, I still am a little bit but I have learnt that I just have to accept it now. I am always reassured by my friends, boyfriend and family. My mum and dad always notice when my back slightly starts to move but in fairness, they are basically back specialists now!!!
So, moving onto something that has amazed me recently.. a posture corrector – something I have been DYING to try since I heard such thing ever existed. I know you’re probably thinking “oh yeah, heard it all before” but seriously.. this is something I use on a daily basis now and it has just become my “norm”.
I slouch a lot, without even realising, which causes more pain and aggravation to my back – so the posture corrector really helps pull me into place. I guess, it’s similar to the back brace but just not as big and bulky!
I actually swear by the posture corrector – it is a life saver. As I work in an office, I find myself slouching over more and more as the day goes on, so as annoying as it is at first, when it restricts you from going into your natural position, it certainly pulls me back into place. I needed some way to train my back to stay in the correct posture position and this certainly works. However, as you may be, I was very optimistic at first.
(This is the Posture Corrector that has literally saved my life! It is small and can be well hidden under clothing!!!)
So, if you struggle with your posture or feel yourself slouching, take my advice… it will only get worse over time, it will cause you more pain and more struggles in the future. If you invest in a posture corrector from here: www.amazon.co.uk/posturecorrector – (this is currently just £10 in the sale and is normally £27.99!!!).. you really are laughing. The sooner you get into the correct posture shape, the better.. trust me!
Here’s something only my closest friends and family would have ever seen: some photographs of my x-rays (I am not sure if they are my 1st x-rays or my 104839383th x-rays as I seriously have had a lot).. but you can see for yourself…
(An X-Ray without my back brace)
(An X-Ray in my back brace)
It’s funny how we all naturally put on some sort of front to make everyone believe that we’re okay.. when in reality we could be suffering in lots of different ways – I mean, I’m sure some of you wouldn’t have had a clue that I suffered with this condition.. and I’m sure I wouldn’t know you suffered from other conditions.. and that’s because our Instagram pictures don’t show that part of our lives. But, please just remember to be patient with others, help others and be kind to others… you never know what it’s like to be living with their conditions.
So, I’ve given you a little bit more of an insight on my life and I guess, it’s something I’m not used to writing.. so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will help in every way possible. I hope this blog post was something you enjoyed to read: I mean, it’s not everyday I let you into my deepest darkest secrets!
Lots of love,
Robynne Louise x