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jsully
03-27-2010, 04:27 PM
Anyone out there have a larger thoracic curve? I seem to be the minority and was wondering how people with both thoracic/lumbar fusions are doing.
Thanks,
Janet

RitaR
03-27-2010, 05:30 PM
Hello jsully - I had a 95 thoracolumbar curve before my surgery on Mar 1st. Dr. said most of it was thoracic which is why I had trouble breathing and lung capacity had decreased.

Doodles
03-27-2010, 10:41 PM
Janet--
Glad to see another Janet on here. My thoracic curved was 95 by the time I had surgery or more. (Check my signature at bottom--I keep forgetting the final degree.) I'll be a year on Tuesday and am doing quite well. I think I'll be doing even better after a few more months. Over 50 seems to slow things down some. I can do most anything just differently. Janet

jsully
03-28-2010, 08:49 AM
Good to hear! Thank you.

LindaRacine
03-28-2010, 11:36 AM
Hi Janet....

I think you read about more lumbar curves here because 1) the population tends to be older, and 2) lumbar curves are far more likely to drive people to surgery because of associated pain issues. In reality, in younger patients, thoracic curves are far more common than lumbar curves.

Regards,
Linda