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scoliogem
09-16-2009, 10:21 PM
Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 22 year old that was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12 1/2. Its been almost ten years since my posterior and anterior fusion from T5 to L3. I had C-D horizon instrumentation placed along with bone grafts. During the two procedures I also had my left lung collapse and air surround my right lung. I should be very thankful that I have not had any problems until now. :(

I just went to see a new orthopedist today and I'm having new films and an MRI of my neck and brain done. Looking at my films from 2005 he said that it looks like from L3 down I could have spine degeneration, I can't believe it! I feel like I'm too young for that especially after the surgeries I have gone through before. The MRI is supposed to diagnose the possibility of a Chiari, which my mother has.

Sorry if I am venting, but I figured if anyone understands what I'm going through here would be a good place to find people. Thanks for reading my story.

susancook
04-22-2012, 02:14 AM
Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 22 year old that was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12 1/2. Its been almost ten years since my posterior and anterior fusion from T5 to L3. I had C-D horizon instrumentation placed along with bone grafts. During the two procedures I also had my left lung collapse and air surround my right lung. I should be very thankful that I have not had any problems until now. :(

I just went to see a new orthopedist today and I'm having new films and an MRI of my neck and brain done. Looking at my films from 2005 he said that it looks like from L3 down I could have spine degeneration, I can't believe it! I feel like I'm too young for that especially after the surgeries I have gone through before. The MRI is supposed to diagnose the possibility of a Chiari, which my mother has.

Sorry if I am venting, but I figured if anyone understands what I'm going through here would be a good place to find people. Thanks for reading my story.

I am new to all of this and just found your story and found that no one responded. Sounds like you're really bummed and maybe by now everything is better and your spine is not in fact degenerating. I hope that you felt better venting, because that's what I do a lot of on this blog. I'm 65 and found out that I have scoliosis. What's that about? I've found everyone here so helpful and I hope that maybe you found some help on another thread. Hope that your life is going well.
Susan

LindaRacine
04-22-2012, 12:57 PM
Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 22 year old that was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12 1/2. Its been almost ten years since my posterior and anterior fusion from T5 to L3. I had C-D horizon instrumentation placed along with bone grafts. During the two procedures I also had my left lung collapse and air surround my right lung. I should be very thankful that I have not had any problems until now. :(

I just went to see a new orthopedist today and I'm having new films and an MRI of my neck and brain done. Looking at my films from 2005 he said that it looks like from L3 down I could have spine degeneration, I can't believe it! I feel like I'm too young for that especially after the surgeries I have gone through before. The MRI is supposed to diagnose the possibility of a Chiari, which my mother has.

Sorry if I am venting, but I figured if anyone understands what I'm going through here would be a good place to find people. Thanks for reading my story.

Hi gem...

Welcome to the forums.

I wonder if, prior to your surgery 10 years ago, your L3 vertebra was close to horizontal (that is, not tilted). If it wasn't, that would certainly be a reason for early degeneration below your fusion.

I'm surprised that you didn't have an MRI prior to your surgery, since you have Chiara in a close relative.

Hope you get some answers soon.

Regards,
Linda

rohrer01
04-23-2012, 10:50 AM
Hi gem...

Welcome to the forums.

I wonder if, prior to your surgery 10 years ago, your L3 vertebra was close to horizontal (that is, not tilted). If it wasn't, that would certainly be a reason for early degeneration below your fusion.

I'm surprised that you didn't have an MRI prior to your surgery, since you have Chiara in a close relative.

Hope you get some answers soon.

Regards,
Linda

Linda,
This thread is more than 2-1/2 years old. I doubt the person is still around. If so, how tragic that NO ONE welcomed them. I wasn't on the board back then or I would have.

LindaRacine
04-23-2012, 01:17 PM
Linda,
This thread is more than 2-1/2 years old. I doubt the person is still around. If so, how tragic that NO ONE welcomed them. I wasn't on the board back then or I would have.

Yes, very tragic. Thankfully, I think it's rare that posts slip through the cracks.