How can I help my sister with her debilitating scoliosis?
November 24, 2009 7:07 AM Subscribe
Why has my sister's scoliosis suddenly resulted in partial paralysis, and what treatments are available to help her?
posted by ajarbaday to health & fitness (19 answers total)
My younger sister is 15, and was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was around 10 years old. Since then, she has grown tremendously and her scoliosis has gotten much worse. About a month ago, she had a case of the swine flu that weakened her muscles and caused a collapse at school. She was pulled out, and has been at home since, but her walking and mobility are seriously impaired. While she has gone out a few times, she will often wake up and not be able to move her feet or legs. At these times her feet are stuck in a position that looks like a ballerina straining to be on point. She complains of back, neck and shoulder pain.
She just began seeing an osteopath, after going to several specialists who were unable to diagnose her condition. The osteopath is confident it's a muscular condition that is caused by a twisting of her spine, and is treating her with muscular therapy.
In the meantime, she can't do much of anything and recently had a nasty fall while trying to use the bathroom. This means that she has to be babysat almost all the time, and meanwhile we don't really know if she'll get better.
I realize that AskMeFi is not a medical community, but I'm hoping that someone will be able to share experience or advice for dealing with this type of situation. She lives in the Gainesville, FL area.