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07-15-2005, 10:45 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
I know we've had threads like this before, but I felt like making another. So what conditions, diseases, ailments, etc., do you suffer from?
I learned recently I have scoliosis. That's a lateral curvature of the spine, painless and usually unnoticable (I never noticed it, except that my left rib cage is an eensy bit higher than my right one, and if I really look closely, I find that my hips are a tad uneven), but it can be progressive, which is bad. The thought of surgery makes my stomach churn (I don't want them cutting open my back!), but my mom keeps assuring me that they won't need to opperate. What really annoys me is how everyone ignores me with these sort of things. No one bothers to inform
about what the heck scoliosis is (I had to rely on Google), no one is showing me my x-rays, or telling me how bad it is. Why do the doctors seem to think it doesn't concern me, when it's my back?
Doctor: (Calls my mom over) Rachel has scoliosis. Come over here. Rachel, bend over. (I bend over. Doctor starts feeling along my back.)
Mother: I don't see it.
Doctor: (Pressing hard on my back) Right there.
Mother: Oh, yes, I see it.
Doctor: (Starts blabbing about X-rays and how I'll need to see this doctor and that doctor and possibly have a back brace and how surgery could be an option blahblahblah.)
No answer, of course. Sorry, I'm ranting. It just really annoys me. And now my dad's started treating me like some sort of diseased wierdo, asking if sitting upright hurts my back, and if I feel pressure along my spine, and how I souldn't have carried such a heavy backpack (even though it's not caused my that sort of thing), and constantly trying to feel along my back and see where the curve is. Shees, it's all so annoying...
I also suffer from mild OCD (it used to be serious), I used to have really bad hypochondria, I used to suffer from terrible migranes and panic attacks, I've got astigmatism in my left eye pretty badly, and my left knee has a habit of hurting really badly, and that's about it. I seem to have a lot of medical troubles, but nothing ever truly serious.
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