Even though the brace was gone, I still had a curve and was in chronic pain, which I learned to live with.
But as I got older, I would notice my midsection shrinking to the point that if I bent to the side, my ribs and hip bones were almost touching. By the time I was in my 50s, there was virtually no space between where my bra and my belt met. I was becoming increasingly fatigued, and the activities that I Ioved, such as hiking and skiing, were no longer enjoyable. Driving was becoming more difficult, and I was taking more pain relievers. Sitting for long periods sent shooting pain down my legs.
My children recommended I go see a chiropractor. When I saw the x-rays he took, I thought I was looking at someone else’s images. When I was 18, my thoracic curve was 24 degrees. There were now three measurable curves in my spine. I burst into tears at the sight of my poor body, realizing all at once why I had been in so much pain for so long.