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Got IC & Scoliosis? New Study Finds A Gene Responsible For Familial Scoliosis

I’ve often said that if there was one medical condition that I could fix first, it would be the scoliosis I developed in Junior High. I’m supposed to be an inch taller but, instead, I have a nicely balanced “S” curve in my spine that few can see. I often get back pain and muscle knots that are correlated with my curves and my physical therapist believes that this has also influenced my pelvic floor muscles which are much more sensitive on my left side.

Here’s a fascinating new research study which has isolated an actual gene, the POC5 gene, as being responsible for idiopathic scoliosis. What I appreciate about this study is the crystal clear message that patients didn’t ask for the condition nor did we do something that caused it. Rather, it appears that we inherited a gene from our ancestors that caused it.

Please share this with any family members or friends who have scoliosis!


By |2015-02-05T16:00:50+00:00February 5th, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Related Conditions|Comments Off on Got IC & Scoliosis? New Study Finds A Gene Responsible For Familial Scoliosis

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My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.