Scoliosis Awareness Month 2021 – Share Your Story: Roddie
As June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, I have been sharing your own inspiring scoliosis stories across my blog and Instagram.
If you would like to share your own scoliosis story, please email me or DM me on Instagram. 🙂
My Scoliosis Story: Roddie
My name is Roddie. Back in 2016, I was diagnosed with scoliosis.
Shortly afterward, co-workers started asking me – why are you walking like that? I asked them what they were talking about, and they replied that one shoulder is leaning lower than the other. That took me on a journey trying to return to normal.
Approximately 15 years earlier, I started having pain from my hip that ran down to my knee.
Since arthritis is genetic in my family, I began a self-curing method – running on the treadmill. I was afraid to see a doctor. For five years, I ran to stay healthy. Then, with the diagnosis in 2016, fear set in and I stopped working out and began gaining weight by eating comfort foods.
During this time, the pain increased and ran down to my ankles, as the left leg started hurting too with numbness in my toes. I visited different doctors with hope they could stop the pain. They all said the same… you need l4-l5 fusion surgery.
A few years went by, and I decided on a doctor to perform the surgery who was recommended by a coworker.
Now one year after, the fusion wasn’t that successful. I am in more excruciating pain in the back and right hip. My walk has changed. My right hip, which is slightly higher than the left, feels as if it goes into my waist.
I’ve had hip injections, back injections and nothing helps.
My mental status is definitely affected. However, my faith keeps me hopeful that one day I will walk normal and without pain.
Thank you for sharing your story, Roddie. It sounds like you’re in a lot of pain and I hope you find some relief and something that helps you soon.
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Lots of Love,
I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.