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Arctic3
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Hello.
I have a suspicion that scoliosis is my fault. I had underweight with 55 kilograms from 16 to 19 years due to mental health problems as a male with 1.82 meters of height. Then at late 19 years they found I had a 20° S-curve scoliosis. (At 20 years my weight was normal again.)

Was the scoliosis caused or worsened by my underweight? Did my underweight have any bad effect on the scoliosis? Did I worsen or cause my scoliosis? Is it my fault then? Was it caused or worsened by underweight + poor posture?

Or did my underweight not cause or worsen my scoliosis, not even any little bit? Is it completely not my fault?

I want to know this because I do strength workouts and I can't concentrate so well due to thinking about this all the time. Living without knowing if I caused or worsened my scoliosis is a big burden to me. My doctors said they do not know an answer to my question because it's an idiopathic scoliosis with no known causes. But what do you think?

In short:
I had underweight with 55 kilograms from 16 to 19 years due to lots of anxiety and psychosis. (At 20 years my weight was normal)
At 19 years though I was diagnosed with a 20° S-curve scoliosis. Was this a result from my underweight and poor posture? Did I cause or worsen my scoliosis? If I had had normal weight would I now have only a 5° curve or no scoliosis at all? Could it have been prevented? Is it my fault?
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If anyone knows whether I caused or worsened my scoliosis and if it's my fault, please tell me. It would help a great deal!
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Hey I am not a doctor but after doing some research it looks like scoliosis was something that was out of your control. So not your fault. Doctors don’t know the exact causes for some form of scoliosis but no website I’ve seen lists weight as a factor.

Hey I have researched the causes of scoliosis and it appears that it isn’t caused by your weight.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20350716

Hope you get better
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If your doctor can't answer the question for you then users online can't give you a definite answer either.
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What about this site? Does a patient's diet really contribute to scoliosis? Did my underweight cause scoliosis?

https://draxe.com/scoliosis/
The exact causes of scoliosis aren’t known or agreed upon at this time. It seems to be a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors, such as: (8)

a patient’s diet
family history/genes
abnormal bone development
hormonal imbalances
possibly problems with the brain recognizing proper symmetry, alignment or orientation
(Original post by SuperHuman98)
Hey I am not a doctor but after doing some research it looks like scoliosis was something that was out of your control. So not your fault. Doctors don’t know the exact causes for some form of scoliosis but no website I’ve seen lists weight as a factor.

Hey I have researched the causes of scoliosis and it appears that it isn’t caused by your weight.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20350716

Hope you get better
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Over the years, there’s been a lot of theories thrown around, but we know scoliosis patients usually have several things in common: (9)

Eating a poor diet, having low nutrient intake (especially magnesium deficiency or low vitamin D and vitamin K)
Hypermobility, such as being “double-jointed” or having a “sunken chest” (Pectus excavatum)
Poor posture
Delayed puberty and hormonal problems in teens (a form of low estrogen, hyperestrogenism)
For women, being post-menopausal or having low estrogen levels (hypoestrogenism), since estrogen plays an important part in building bone density
Having a low body weight, not eating enough calories to sustain a healthy body mass
Being a competitive or elite athlete, which can sometimes contribute to low body weight, weak bones and nutrient deficiencies
Suffering from other conditions that can appear concurrently with scoliosis, including: connective tissue diseases, sciatic nerve pain, mitrial valve prolapse (a problem with the formation of heart valves), bleeding tendencies, down syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia
Having a genetic predisposition that affects bones and spinal health (scoliosis runs in families, and certain mutated genes seem to up the risk for inherited forms of scoliosis)
Some people assume that genetic factors are mostly to blame for scoliosis formation. It’s true that genes play a part. Some research has found that there is a reoccurrence of scoliosis among family members about 25 percent to 35 percent of the time. This is believed to be due to certain gene mutations that affect how our bones use and store calcium. Still, genes aren’t thought to be the sole reason for the disease.
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Is this site nonsense?
https://draxe.com/scoliosis/
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I just want to know if it was me who caused or worsened my scoliosis. Was it my fault for developing a 20° scoliosis?
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I'm an 18 year old female and I have scoliosis (35 degree thoracolumbar) and I am also underweight (5'5, 40kg) although this is genetic, The doctors said that it was idiopathic (no known cause) but I did have delayed puberty and when I had my growth spurt ( I grew 5 inches in a year) My curve worsened from 20 to 35. I think maybe being underweight does make it slightly worse. I saw this study that said surmised that underweight individuals are more likely to have scoliosis due to high amounts of the hormone leptin (which makes you full, so you eat less) as it also has a role in bone formation.However, I think the main cause for worsening scoliosis is the fact you were going through puberty at the time and your growth plates were fusing. 16-18 years is key accelerated growth for most males (and me too because I had delayed puberty) and scoliosis almost always gets worse if untreated. Your body can't cope with the growing and elongating spine so it curves = scoliosis tl;dr: The fact you were growing caused worsening scoliosis, although being underweight may help
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Hm. I would be sad if my underweight worsened scoliosis. Does anyone know if underweight contributes to scoliosis?
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^^

(Original post by Arctic3)
Hm. I would be sad if my underweight worsened scoliosis. Does anyone know if underweight contributes to scoliosis?
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Does anyone know if I did something wrong to get a 20° scoliosis? Did my underweight + poor posture cause it? If it's not my fault then who's is it?
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This is really a question for your doctor/consultant. There is no definitive answer and even your doctor is unlikely to be able to tell you, in most cases we do not know the cause, it just naturally seems to occur.

I'd also point out 'fault' is to partition blame. If you didn't knowingly know then as you don't now and the factors that you think may have caused or worsened the condition were driven through mental health issues then no absolutely not - you are not to blame for causing or worsening the condition.

Now that you know you have it you are in control. Following your consultant/specialist's advice, repots symptoms, ask questions and engage with the academic literature - do not go or read forums about the condition - if you do be incredible sceptical/critical. Don't believe or do anything without talking to your specialist first.

I'd also point out that it seems that you may be using this as a stick to beat yourself with, which perhaps suggests a bit of poor mental health, it happens. If I'm right have a chat with anyone you talk to about mental health stuff and do all the things you know are good for improving things. Take care of yourself.

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Are there any studies linking scoliosis to underweight or bad posture? I mean why is there currently only research on the genetic causes for scoliosis? Have underweight and bad posture been disproved to cause it?
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Thank you all for your sincere votes by the way.
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So is scoliosis not my fault? I did not worsen and cause this?
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Pls guys. Tell me if I have or have not caused and worsened my curve. Is this my fault?
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Did I really not worsen my scoliosis because I had underweight and poor posture?
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Did I do something wrong to get scoliosis?
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(Original post by Arctic3)
Did I really not worsen my scoliosis because I had underweight and poor posture?
Right, there's clearly a deeper issue here. People have all told you on this thread that you likely did not worsen it. I don't know what other answer you want people to give! I understand that you need affirmation from others that it's not your fault, but I think you might need to talk to someone about this as it's extreme. People have answered your question, they're not going to say anything different. My guess is you are blaming yourself so are attempting to fix the issue by looking to others for reassurance (which is very normal!), but ultimately it seems like all the reassurance in the world won't help. I know you mentioned mental health issues - are you still in counselling? It sounds like this self-blame you're feeling is something that you should talk about with a trained professional.
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