Student claims doctors labeled her 'SUPERFICIAL' for wanting scoliosis surgery

A student has claimed a doctor who is "superficial" for wanting scoliosis surgery to correct her "wonky" back.

Emma Hall, from Sligo, Ireland, discovered her spine was different at the age of 13.

However, over the next seven years, leaving her self-confidence in tatters while at university.

Every day life had become excruciatingly painful, but the 22-year-old claims doctors 'neglected' her needs, viewing her as vain.

She eventually had life-changing surgery seven years after being put on a waiting list at the age of 15.

Scoliosis affects one in 250 children in the UK and according to statistics.

Emma Hall, 22, had surgery to correct her 'wonky' spine seven years after she was put on the waiting list age 15. Pictured, before, right, and after, left

Miss Hall, of Sligo, Ireland, claimed to be doctored her 'superficial' for wanting scoliosis surgery, despite it causing her agony for years

Growing up, Miss Hall often felt screaming in agony, as well as a numbing ache in her back.

Certain school seats were uncomfortable for Miss Hall, as the rigid plastic. But she never raised it as an issue.

It was not until Miss Hall's mother came to get a diagnosis.

Miss Hall said: 'When I was 13, I was trying to improve my needs.

'Mum began nagging that I was not standing straight, and I had bad posture. She thought I was just being lazy and not holding myself correctly.

'Mum placed on my back to me. I remember sensing the atmosphere in the room change immediately.

She had a 15-degree curvature in her spine when she was 13. This attained 60 degrees by the time she had surgery. Left, before, right, after straightening

When X-Rays showed Miss Hall had a curvature in her spine at the age of 13, she was not curved enough for surgery, but too curved for a back brace to have effect

She had me bend forward, and slowly I felt her finger trace to strange pattern down my back.

She added: 'It seemed to me that it was not the straight line you would expect, I know it was wrong with my spine.

I was diagnosed with scoliosis. From that moment my whole life changed. '

X-rays revealed at 45-degree curves in Miss Hall's spine. He was not bad enough for surgery, which he put in the 'gray' area.

But the curve was too much for a back burn.

Miss Hall said: I have sat in silence. I could not believe that it was me on the screen.

'He said I had a 45-degree curve and I was in the "gray" area for surgery but had finished growing.

'There was nothing more to say I took a car and went back to the car.

'Then the emotions hit, and I burst into tears. I felt like the loneliest person in the world.

Superficial 'Missal' surgery, 'to have a normal life, reduce the pain, prevent the risk of the curve progressing'

Miss Hall, who now has a straight back, said her condition left her self-conscious, especially she was not able to wear what she wanted, and she even received nasty comments

She spent hours researching her condition.

But she put her feelings in order for two years while she finished her school exams.

Miss Hall said: 'I finished my exams, but I noticed new pains and discomfort from sitting for long periods of time.

I would like to have said I had finished growing.

'Sure enough, new X-rays showed a progression of five or six degrees. I was now at the level where surgery was recommended. '

In 2017, X-rays showed a 55-degree curves, and Miss Hall was put on a waiting list for surgery, now age 17.

She went to university, in which time, while waiting for surgery, she saw various consultants.

Miss Hall claims that she was only requesting surgery for 'superficial reasons', refuting the pain she suffered for years.

She said: "If she was my daughter, I would be telling her" ".

I was now listening to myself, I told him that I was now experiencing my life.

The pains cause me to have extreme headaches

I was neglected and labeled as a superficial person.

I wanted to get a normal life, reduce the pain, prevent the risk of the curve progressing and I wanted to become a vet which I could not do with a wonky back?

Miss Hall, pictured before her surgery, said the pain was affecting her every day, and she was missing lectures due to headaches

Miss Hall, now with a straight back, must develop her weak back muscles after surgery

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine in an S-shape.

Signs include a visible curve in the spine, one shoulder or hip being prominent than the other.

Pain usually only affects adults with the condition.

In most cases, the cause of the scoliosis is not known but it can be caused by cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

In the UK, scoliosis affects three to four children.

70 per cent of over 65s have some degree of scoliosis.

It is more common in women than in men.

Most children with the condition do not require treatment as it is mild and corrects itself as the child grows.

However, in strict cases the child may need to wear a back until they stop growing.

Occasionally, a child needs surgery to straighten their thorns.

In adults, it is usually too late to treat the condition.

Source: NHS Choices

As Miss Hall continued her life, her self-confidence began to plummet.

She could not wear clothes with zippers or patterns on the back, and sitting at a desk was unrealistic.

'My confidence took a hit when I could not wear the zips up the back. Also, some funny patterns sat. I felt like everyone saw it, I became more and more withdrawn from being social.

'One boy even made a comment about why my back was all bumpy, while pointing at it.'

Eventually, in September 2018, Miss Hall was able to have surgery, by which point her spines had a 60-degree curve.

In hindsight, Miss Hall is now looking forward to the recovery of the hockey team.

'My surgery was in September 2018. It was a 60-degree curve and I am now fused T4 to T11,' Miss Hall said.

'Although I am annoyed it took long, in the end it could not have happened at a better time. I graduated in the summer of 2018 and had no work lined up so now I can take the year out and recover.

I am older than most who undergo the corrective surgery, I know I feel maturity and understanding the procedure.

You can see more of Miss Hall's recovery by visiting @curvyspine

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