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anna
05-05-2004, 10:47 PM
I am 35 years old w/ 4 kids. I have my scoliosis since I was 13 years old but my mother did not brought me to the doctor because of the fear of surgery and the amount of it. Now I went to an orthopedist just recently and told me I have a 70 degree scoliosis curve and surgery will not help my back straighten only 10 degrees will be corrected w/c is very painful for me to hear. And much worse they told me that when I got old because of the manifestation of getting old and the bone is olso getting old there might be a possibility that my back will get worse. I would like to have a brace to control the curve but the doctor told me it won't help. I'm confused, please help me what option can I have.

lily
05-10-2004, 12:08 PM
Anna,

I'm very interested in communicating with you 'cause I came from the Philippines now living in the U.S. Please email me at rosesharon4065@hotmail.com. Would be glad to hear from you.

Lily

tinaariston
06-04-2004, 11:44 PM
Anna,

Surgury is not the way to fix this problem, nor are braces. There are non-surgical solutions that actually work.

Please spend some time reading my articles at www.tinaariston.com (http://www.tinaariston.com) - I have done a lot of research into this condition.

You can contact me via that page if you would like my help.

Wishing you success in all good things,

TINA ARISTON

OneofFive1
06-05-2004, 01:55 PM
anna,
Have u heard of ASCO scoliosis treatment?

dapsbounce8
06-09-2004, 02:57 PM
Why would only ten degrees be corrected? This seems like a very low number, and it doesn't really make sense. Have you seen other doctors for a second opinion?

OneofFive1
06-09-2004, 06:59 PM
I've heard that if a curve is lower than 10 degrees it isn't scoliosis.

LindaRacine
06-09-2004, 08:38 PM
The curve isn't below 10 degrees. I believe that Anna was told that her curve could only be reduced by 10 degrees.

dapsbounce8
06-09-2004, 11:04 PM
Linda: I think thats what she meant. But I don't understand why the correction would be so small? I think its a good idea to get a second opinion before proceeding.

LindaRacine
06-09-2004, 11:46 PM
Charlotte...

Anna is in Australia, where the medical care isn't quite as sophisticated as here in the U.S.

--Linda

dapsbounce8
06-10-2004, 02:04 AM
Thats too bad. Thanks for the help Linda, and good luck Anna!

OneofFive1
06-10-2004, 10:13 AM
Ohh yeah,she did...okey well umm are u in any pain?

dapsbounce8
06-10-2004, 03:48 PM
What are you talking about?

LindaRacine
06-10-2004, 03:55 PM
Charlotte...

If you look at OneofFive's post, I think she was responding to to my post (The curve isn't below 10 degrees), which was directed to her.

--Linda

phaden
06-10-2004, 04:14 PM
>>Anna is in Australia, where the medical care isn't quite as sophisticated as here in the U.S.

Anna's header says she's in the Philipines, where there may be treatment issues, but in spite of the heated rivalry between New Zealand and Australia (be careful where you mention the cricket or the rugby), I feel compelled to stand up for the Aussies on this one. They do have the full range of modern health care, including experimental work.

Patricia
(from New Zealand)

LindaRacine
06-10-2004, 05:09 PM
Hi Patricia...

I didn't mean to demean the Australian healthcare industry. :-) Unfortunately, there are only 5 Australian surgeons who are members of the Scoliosis Research Society. If Anna was in the US, I would definitely recommend that she find another surgeon for a second opinion. In Australia, that's something that's not terribly easy.

Regards,
Linda

phaden
06-10-2004, 05:22 PM
Linda:

Out of curiousity, are there any New Zealanders in the Scoliosis Research Society?

I think there are only two doctors in the country who do this procedure -- not unreasonble I suppose with a population of only 3,000,000 (people, that is, we've got 60,000,000 sheep...), but since one of them will probably be operating on my daughter, I'd like to think they're keeping up with developments in the field.

Patricia

dapsbounce8
06-11-2004, 12:06 AM
This is a rather random comment, but I just reliased that phaden probably stands for P. Haden or P.H. Aden. All this time I thought it was a strange nickname because it can be said as one word. Whoops!

LindaRacine
06-11-2004, 12:57 AM
Patricia...

The SRS lists two current doctors in New Zealand:

Michael J. Barnes, MD - Auckland
Bruce F. Hodgson, FRACS - Dunedin

--Linda

phaden
06-11-2004, 03:09 AM
Thanks so much for that, Linda. Hodgson is Caitlin's surgeon. A good sign, I guess.

Patricia

phaden
06-11-2004, 03:12 AM
Originally posted by dapsbounce8
This is a rather random comment, but I just reliased that phaden probably stands for P. Haden or P.H. Aden. All this time I thought it was a strange nickname because it can be said as one word. Whoops!

Like: Been a long day, I'm really fadin'?

That's sometimes true, but actually, it's just that my last name is Haden.

Cheers - Patricia

Carole
06-19-2004, 09:36 PM
Dear Anna,
I would just like to point out to you that even a 10 % correction is quite a bit, considering that you already have quite a severe curve, and that you are just beginning to look into ways of correcting it or at least stabilizing it. You are still young enough (by my own history) to get some very good correction. If you do nothing, I can tell you from my own experience that you will only get worse. God Bless you that you have had your children! Had you waited, you might not even have had them! So, now, you may have a chance to see how best to take care of them. And that might just mean having some surgery to make yourself the best that you can be physically. I do not know where you are. I only know that there are very good spinal specialists nearly everywhere. I will tell you that I had four children before my doctors convinced me to get serious about my scoliosis. I had the surgery and got some pretty decent correction. I am so very glad that I had the surgery. I am worth more to myself now, and truly worth more to my family! Listen to people like Linda Racine and Llweyn, etc. They have great intelligence to share with you. My heart goes out to you.
Sincerely,
Carole M. (the elder)

lindabar
06-19-2004, 11:47 PM
I am an American living in Sydney AU, with permanent residence. I found the healthcare in this city to be quite good esp if one has private insurance. I have a 53 degree thoracic and a 71 dregree lumbar curve and I am probably going to have surgery in Australia some time next year. I have been seeing Dr. Andrew Cree at Westmead and he has told me that I should get a 50 percent correction. Cree was trained in Miami. The population of the whole continent is small, I think it is only slightly larger than LA's population, that is why there aren't that many doctors. Can anyone recommend another surgeon in Sydney for a second opinion?

anna
06-27-2004, 03:01 AM
Hi Carole, thanks for your advice, but I would like to make it clear to Linda Raccineand Phaden that I'm from Philippines but still thank you for your concerns, and I don't know why there's no surgeons here to fix my scoliosis because of my age, But I'm still praying and hoping that I can still have my curve corrected. Right now I'm doing some stretching and exercise and I don't know, but it seems to help my curve less worse. Before, because the hump is in my right back, all the weak musclesare there. But with stretching and exercise it seems that it lessens the weight in my right waist and i can feel my body in a way trying to straighten the curve. I'm not saying that it straighten my back, but stretching and exercise helps me to be aware to be fit and to stand straight. and I will still continue to do exercising and stretching because I think if your muscles in your back is strong your vertebrae also will go with your muscle. I make my right back muscle to be strong and my left back muscle to stretch because that's where the tight muscle is.

karen penelli
07-03-2004, 09:04 AM
hi anna i went to a doctor in new york 2 weeks ago im 61 i have a 54 degree curve i had a solf brace put on me the company that makes it is called spine cor info@spinecorporation.com or website www.spinecorporation.com they took a x ray after bracing me and measured the thoriacic at 49 degrees a 5 degree improvment and the lumbard at 46 a 1 degree less improvement neck 0 for a total of 6 degrees improvment it is easy wearing this brace and not noticable but i will have to continue wearing it for at least 3 years i go back to the doctors for a 2 week follow up and take a x ray to see the progress if any this brace was designed for adulesents but i will try it anyhow i will also have to do pt and chiropratic theropy i ll let you know how i make out karen

Carole
07-03-2004, 08:06 PM
Karen,
I just read your message, and I do give you so much credit for trying the bracing! What's to lose? Right? I will be 70 in October, so I am older than either of you at this point, However, I have never, ever, given up hope for at least enough help to keep me (and others like me) breathing as long as possible!

I think the fact that life has you trying a brace at this point in your life says the same thing about you!

Good luck to you. Keep me posted?:cool:

Carole