I really love getting these questions about scoliosis, however I don’t know how much to stress that my overall experience with my brace was very negative due to issues I was having with my parents and being bullied a lot at school. So I need to warn you all that it really just wasn’t the best point in my life making many of my memories very negative. When I look back on it I realize that I should have been kinder to myself at that time and my brace. I actually had to wear my brace 23 hours a day for a solid year. I was able to wear it for 21 hours a day for the rest of the time wore my brace, which was about half year(maybe a little more). The reason I stopped wearing my brace was not a good one at all, it was just a bunch of pent up teenage rebellion and the longing to feel normal.
Really people don’t care as much. The person who probably cared the most was my mom, but that is because she aggressively wanted me to get better. But I have to be honest with you, having scoliosis sucks. Wearing a brace sucked. My back is still messed up, but that is because I did not wear my brace the entire time I was meant to and did not do all the proper daily exercises my doctor recommended I do. Actually when I think about it I only did them the day before I went to see the chiropractor.
So don’t me like me.
Scoliosis was really bad, it still is a not too great thing, but you can get better! And people don’t really care that much unless they are the people that care about helping you get better. Please just wear your brace and lead a healthy life. I am hoping that my answering these questions helps people, no matter how negative they might be at times. Sometimes you just need to know that people feel the same thing as you, it helps make some feel less alone. That is really my main goal with the comics about scoliosis I am creating. They are some brutally honest accounts of what it was like for me to have to wear a brace as a young one and really just cope with scoliosis from then until now. It is a really lame thing. Really, super lame, but it isn’t the worst thing and it is easy to cure at times! I had a 62 degree, 15 degree, and a 40-something degree curve plus some spinal rotation when they put me in a brace. I was really supposed to get surgery and I do not know who I dodged that bullet. I currently have a 20 degree, 7 degree, and 12 degree curve, so you can say I am better.
If you have any other questions for me feel free to ask! I really love answering them but am scared that you may not like all the answers. Also if you want I can have private conversations too, just tell me if you want that.
Here is the link to part of my comic if you have not read it yet! http://allmug.tumblr.com/post/81251216019/tumblr-killed-the-resolution-please-look-at-it-by#i hope this kind of helps! #little-dancers-posts #almog answers #scoliosis #back brace #brace #comics #surgrey #asks #long posts
Hello! While it is lame that you were diagnosed, I want to start off saying that it isn’t the worst thing and you are actually very lucky to have the chance to try wearing a brace. A lot of people are not able to afford to have a custom brace made or were just diagnosed too late in their lives for a brace to really effect them.
The Back Story is actually the name of the graphic novel I am working on right now! I should be done with it in the next few months and you can read it all when it is done. I am really looking forward to putting out a book that portrays scoliosis accurately. The following is about my getting diagnosed and how I dealt with it, and let me warn you, I dealt with it very badly. Actually, incredibly bad. Having to wear a brace is by no means as bad as I felt it was then and it is a thing that you should 100% wear since it will help you in the long run.
I was diagnosed when I was 12 going on 13, it was the summer before I entered 8th grade and was just getting a routine physical for school. My doctor noticed my shoulder blades were uneven so he decided to check my back and found that the curve on the upper half of my body was fairly severe. It was recommend that I see a chiropractor as soon as possible, so i did. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I knew what scoliosis was since I remembered learning about it as school in 6th grade but didn’t think I would end up having to be one of those people that had to wear a chunky brace, but in the end I was.
Seeing my brace for the first time was terrifying. Wearing it for the first time was worse. It made me too warm, made me look bigger, and was too heavy. Everything about it made me scared. What made me most scared was wearing it to school since I was already not treated well by my peers. It seemed like just another thing for them to make fun of me for.
However, after a while I got used to wearing the brace. It got easier to wear and since it was a low-profile brace many of the people that went to my school never even knew I wore it. It is still that bothered me, but It isn’t that bad. It helped me but I had a lot going on at the time mentally and with my parents so I needed something to help me feel normal and anger my mom and dad, so I stopped wearing my brace. I wish I hadn’t done that.
My back is still kind of messed up. I have to get MRI’s every half a year and my back hurts a heck of a lot. I strongly recommend that you wear your brace and accept that the fact that you are you and that wearing a brace will help you. Also, don’t rebel by not wearing a brace. It is a very bad idea.
If you have any other questions about having to wear a brace, scoliosis, or how it affects me as a 19 year old, feel free to message me! I would love to answer any questions, anon or not.
I am going to leave this by saying, scoliosis is not a bad thing, wearing a brace is not a bad thing, everything will be fine and there are so many other people that are going through the same thing as you.#sorry for making this so long but i really hope it helps! #almog answers #the back story #scoliosis #back brace