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Old 18-04-2013, 06:40 PM
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Default Re: breathing difficulties and scoliosis

Originally Posted by jane View Post
Hi Chantelle,
my daughter had surgery on a right thoracic curve too - just like Trace's daughter. Her curve caused her very little pain but before she was diagnosed she complained of rib spasms and as a swimmer she complained that she couldn't get a deep breath to do her tumble turns. We had her respiration tested and as a fit swimmer her respiration capacity was compromised. She had a 63 degree curve with significant rib rotation. With surgery in June last year her curve was reduced to 21 degrees and her rib hump angle from 18 down to about 10. Now she can swim 50 m butterfly breathing every 2 and swim 25 m underwater without breathing - something she could do before her spine started to curve but not before the surgery. Like Trace said, get a referral to a scoliosis specialist or a orthopaedic surgeon - they are the ones that have the expertise and understanding to help you. Hope all turns out ok.
Hi Chantelle - your breathing sounds as if it is worse than mine was, but as my scoliosis progressed (to thoracic curve 67) I was aware that my breathing was becoming shorter. I felt I had to almost gulp for breath sometimes, or as if my breaths couldn't quite satisfy me. I'm now 51 and I eventually decided to have surgery 2.5 years ago. The first thing I noticed when I awoke (apart from pain and drug-induced euphoria) was that suddenly I could breathe in great deep gulps of air that filled up the left side of my chest again. So, yes, I have no doubt scoliosis can affect breathing.
Don't know if you are even contemplating the surgical option, but could be worth considering. If not, I think something like Alexander technique might be helpful.

All best,

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