Re: Diagnosed with levoscoliosis after numerous MRIS and spinal fusion? Help?
I usually hang out on the back board, but happened to notice this post and thought I might be able to help you understand the term levoscoliosis. This is a finding that seems to be not that unusual post fusion surgery. I had basically the same experience. In my case, mine is a result of a L3-S1 fusion and it is only visible on MRI -- you can't see any change on the outside as it is such a slight curve.
First a couple simple definitions:
Scoliosis is not a disease, but a term used to describe any abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Viewed from the back, a typical spine is straight. When scoliosis happens, there are three ways the spine can curve:
--The spine curves to the side as a single curve to the left (shaped like "C" ), called levoscoliosis
--The spine curves to the side as a single curve to the right (shaped like a backwards letter "C" ), called dextroscoliosis
--The spine has two curves (shaped like the letter S).
Levoscoliosis just means a spinal curve to the left: levo=left, scoliosis = spinal curve. (dextroscoliosis is the curve to the right)
I think we tend to think of scoliosis as something that happens in childhood, but it can develp as an adult as well...and yes, you could have 10 MRIs that do not show scoliosis and then develop it. Yours is MILD and it was probably brought on by other back issues that are causing muscles to cramp, ligaments to shorten, etc. which can actually pull the spine out of alignment. Then when you overcompensate for pain, which the body does automatically to try to avoid pain, and you favor one side or the other, it tends to structurally pull part of the spine.
Going along with this finding, there is usually a degeneration of the facet joints of the lumbar spine. Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a process of degeneration that is a result of normal wear and tear on the spine. It is something that occurs as a part of aging. It's just that the spine begins the aging process in our twenties so some damage can become apparent at a fairly young age. It is a very common cause of lower back pain. It also produces the conditions that can result in sciatic pain.
DDD can include arthritic changes, bulging discs, stenosis, etc. Many people on the back board have DDD and there are many threads relating to it.