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Thanks for the welcome, Mary The radiologist/my GP called it scheuermann's osteochondrosis but I believe another term for it is juvenile disc disorder. Perhaps that is the more common term.
Mary wrote: Hi James and welcome to the forum.
I must say that I have never heard of Scheuermann's Osteochondrosis, so I must do some reading on it! It doesn't sound as though it is easy to manage. You are doing all the right things, but be aware that you can actually overdo the exercise when you have chronic pain. It is really important to exercise, but it needs to be done so that you are not stirring your nervous system up even more. As I have said to others, try to see people who have experience with chronic pain.
A pain specialist may be able to offer you some other alternatives, so hopefully you will have some more options available to you. Try and make sure that he/she knows exactly how much pain you are in because you don't have to hold it in. They will have heard it all, trust me
I agree with you; pain is so isolating and it can make you go to a very dark place. Please let your doctors know exactly how you are feeling because depression is very common in people with chronic pain and it is treatable.
Stay in touch with us all and let us know how you are doing.