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Old 14-08-2010, 10:44 AM
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hi, I would like to discuss mild scoliosis with others around 39 - 45degree, and see wether you are opting for surgery or not. My daughter is 16years and is 39degrees at the moment (I have spoken with Trish yesterday, I cant find out what the rise is yet, its not on our Xray) but the doctor said she has fully grown. Thanks kim
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Old 19-08-2010, 03:05 PM
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In my personal experience, not having surgery has turned out to be the correct decision, but I have no idea whether my experience is typical or not - it's possible that I have just been incredibly lucky.
My curve was last measured at about 43 degrees, in 1971 when I was 13 . Surgery was recommended, but I refused.
My curve has almost certainly increased a little since then but I have had no significant problems with my back. I get mild aches in my back, but I don't think they are any worse than what people with "normal" backs experience. I've had 4 or 5 instances of what I consider to be "real" back pain (i.e. bad enough to take an aspirin), 2 of which were caused by lifting heavy objects badly, all lasted less than a week.
I don't experience any problems with breathing during normal activities. Really vigorous exercise does leave me gasping for breath, but that's probably because I do it so rarely!
Remember, deciding against surgery for the moment, doesn't mean your daughter can't have surgery later on if necessary - just make sure she continues to be monitored so that if her curve does increase significantly it will be detected.

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Old 03-09-2010, 12:19 PM
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Did you wear a brace?
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:19 PM
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No, I've never worn a brace
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:47 PM
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I too, was diagnosed at age 13 and didn't have surgery (it was a horror back then in the 60s.) No back pain, no problems until about 48-49 when I started to have pain. Curve increased and pain increased through my 50s. The surgery now is amazing, so I was lucky I waited, but on the other hand, I would probably have got a better correction and saved myself years of pain if I'd had it in my 40s when the pain started!

Teens seem to do extremely well with the surgery. What does your surgeon recommend?
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:26 PM
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SO you had surgery at what age? This story is me to a TEE. I am 46 and my pain is now increasing driving me nuts...have a 40 degree curve with a twist. I am thin and cant carry weight on my abdo as it inpacks on my back so much
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:30 PM
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SO you had surgery at what age? This story is me to a TEE. I am 46 and my pain is now increasing driving me nuts...have a 40 degree curve with a twist. I am thin and cant carry weight on my abdo as it inpacks on my back so much
Is your question to me Rosie? If so, I had my surgery at almost 58, and I'm 18 months post-op now.

My curve was progressing faster and faster, have no idea what it was in my 40s, but possibly about the same as yours. It was 68 degrees at time of surgery. I also had rotation. I regained 2 inches in height and though I didn't lose a gram in weight, I looked like I'd lost some because I was stretched out. Not only did it fix my scoli, but it gave me a makeover as well.

I only cared about stopping the pain, so it was a bonus.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:37 PM
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Thanks for that. Yes I am in pain and it is getting me down. I also have a painful R/ shoulder and wrist....I am so grumpy and tied at present. I think the pain is getting worse and I keep adjusting to it to keep going. Do you live in QLD? I wish I could ask what Dr you went to? Did you have any problems and how long was your recovery?
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:25 PM
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Yes, I live in Queensland and I have a fabulous surgeon. I'm sending you a PM.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:13 PM
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It has been six months or so since I visited the forum and now after a lot of mucking around I am waiting to see a specialist. Such a long wait though, prob not before the end of February. (I live in Tasmania) Arthritis in my s-bends is becoming quite problematic and my GP has prompted me to follow it up after my last x-rays done in September, which clearly shows the mangled mess. It was a bit of a shock to see and it at least explains the burning nagging pain. I just thought it was because of the curve, as I have had pain since 12. I am now 48 and feel reassured after reading that mature women can have successful surgery. Kind of terrified of having surgery, and terrified at the thought of not having it...
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