The problem went undiagnosed for four years (Image: Daily Record)

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A teen lived for four years not knowing her spine was twisted and curved 'like a snake' after starting her period sparked a major spinal condition.

Medics believe Eve Ross first started having symptoms of Idiopathic Scoliosis, where the spine gradually twists and curves to the side, when her menstrual cycle started aged 14.

But the now-19-year-old only discovered her spine was disfigured in June last year while exercising, the Daily Record reports.

Eve, from Lanark, South Lanarkshire, had no real idea of the condition which left her back shaped with an unnatural curve.

Left untreated, her back would become more and more deformed as she got older.

Without treatment she would have become more deformed as she got older
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She said: "In hindsight I had a bit of back pain over the years but nothing that I really noticed.

"In June 2020 I was working out with my sister, Stella, 22, when I said I had a sore back. Stella looked and thought something wasn't right so she took a photo.

"I was so shocked and went straight onto Google but wasn't sure what had happened.

"I've never been unwell so thought 'how could this happen to me?' "

A GP surgery appointment led to a series of x-rays at University Hospital Monklands in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire where beauty therapy student, Eve, got the diagnosis in September last year.

She has since had a successful operation
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She was then referred to specialist consultant, Mr Tsirikos, at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh who recommended a daunting spinal fusion operation.

Idiopathic Scoliosis is more common in girls than boys, and often starts in the early teenage years, around the time a girl starts her period.

There is no set cause for the condition and, depending on the curvature, can be treated with bracing, casting or surgery.

A spinal fusion operation, where two metal rods and numerous pins straighten out the spine, was Eve's only option.

With the support of parents, Donald and Dionne, both 48, Eve underwent a successful op at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh on May 10.

She said she was scared and nervous before the surgery
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"I tried to put a brave face on as my mum and dad were in tears for weeks beforehand," Eve added.

"But I was scared and nervous as there are risks with any spinal surgery.

"I was so relieved that it all went okay and I was home within a week."

While check-ups and 'taking it easy' will be part of Eve's life for the next year or so, she's delighted to have her straightened spine.

Far from being ashamed, the fighter is determined to show off her noticeable scar whenever possible.

She bravely shared her story with the world; uploading photos before and after surgery, as well as startling x-ray images onto social media.

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Her incredible post went viral as fellow young sufferers, inspired by her confidence and determination to raise awareness, flooded her online inbox.

She added "My post has been viewed by 15,000 people and over 2,000 have liked it while lots of others have reached out, it's a bit overwhelming.

"As a young girl, I didn't want to grow old with a deformity.

"Other scoliosis patients are worried about the operation, or are scared to show their scar, or don't know much about the condition.

"That was me but now I'm so proud of my scar and want to help others.

"That's why I decided to do a social media post."

Her courage is, in part, inspired by fellow scoliosis fighter, Princess Eugenie, who received acclaim for exposing her spinal fusion operation scar on her wedding day.

"I loved that Princess Eugenie did that, it makes me want to do something similar," Eve said.

"I've been ordering loads of backless tops and dresses, I really want to flaunt my scar.

"I'm so proud of it as it shows how far I've come.

"Hopefully other young girls can see that you can love your spinal scar.

"Not many people know about this condition, I want people to know that they can reach out to me for advice and the more we talk about scoliosis the better."