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    Pain management options

    Hey guys,

    What treatments have you tried to deal with the muscle stiffness and pain you get from scoliosis? I have a ~45 degree lumbar curve and the pain is very bad. I'm doing physiotherapy...
  2. Thread: Pain

    by Wakatie
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    Hey LeeLee! I also have had this problem,...

    Hey LeeLee! I also have had this problem, although I've always assumed it has nothing to do with my scoliosis because mine is lumbar and I get the pain in my shoulder blades like you described. It...
  3. Your curve is probably just nearing the...

    Your curve is probably just nearing the appropriate range to consider surgery. I have a 43 degree curve and my surgeon had no interest in operating. (I am 20 years old). Generally around 50 degrees...
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    MRI versus CT scan

    Hey everyone, another question: when it comes to disc problems, which is preferable, an MRI or a CT scan? I have only had a CT scan. My mother is wondering if an MRI would be more appropriate, and...
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    Yes you're right sweetness, it takes forever to...

    Yes you're right sweetness, it takes forever to get an appointment. >.< And I think that Dr. Wahl might be the only surgeon in Victoria so I will probably have to travel to Vancouver. But I don't...
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    What do you mean Linda? Now I am really confused....

    What do you mean Linda? Now I am really confused. A radiologist can measure 29 degrees on one x-ray, and then the same radiologist can measure 55 degrees on another x-ray, and that may or may not be...
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    Hi Linda, He was grumpy from the start of the...

    Hi Linda,

    He was grumpy from the start of the apointment and I didn't ask him about the difference until near the end. But yes, like I said in my post, I think he was thinking that I was...
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    Frustrating experience with the surgeon

    So I saw the surgeon on Thursday, and it was certainly not what I expected! I had been told by my GP that my curve had increased from 29 to 55 degrees in 5 years, that I had a problematic disc at...
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    Curve progression

    I was just wondering, does anyone know how much curves are likely to progress over the years? I have heard 1 degree per year is common in adults, but I have also heard that however the curve has...
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    Hi Maria! It must be so hard for you to have...

    Hi Maria! It must be so hard for you to have such conflicting advice from different people - a surgeon telling you to have the surgery, some family members telling you to wait, others telling you to...
  11. Thread: Herniated Disc

    by Wakatie
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    Thanks for the help and support! And yes I...

    Thanks for the help and support! And yes I definitely think that the sooner appointment is GREAT!
  12. Thread: Herniated Disc

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    Herniated Disc

    Hi everyone! I just went to my GP today and she told me the results of my CT scan: they revealed that I do in fact have a herniated disc at L5/S1 as well as the 55 degree lumbar scoliosis. Does...
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    That's must be very frustrating Jsully! ...

    That's must be very frustrating Jsully! Obviously, every case of scoliosis is very different. I'm sure you've told her that. The books is excellent; it gives enough detail to be satisfying to the...
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    Hi Linda! Thank you that is exactly what I...

    Hi Linda! Thank you that is exactly what I wanted! Thanks so much. I do have to say I found the "N/A" under "teenagers" for having sex kind of amusing... ;)
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    Restrictions removed?

    Hey everyone, at what point after surgery were your restrictions removed? (Like lifting, bending, twisting, sports, driving, etc?) It seems to be a little different for everyone. Is it related to...
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    Actually it might be worth taking out a little...

    Actually it might be worth taking out a little loan. Your health is super important. If you have medical insurance to cover the bulk of the cost of the surgery, then just spending a little extra...
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    Hired help

    If your husband can help you with all the personal care you'll need (ie getting in and out of the shower, etc) then what you really need would be some help childminding and housekeeping? Could you...
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    Scoliosis books/resources

    Hey everyone, I am currently reading "Socliosis Surgery: The Definitive Patients Reference" by David K. Wolpert. Has anyone else read this? Any comments about it? It actually refers to these forums...
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    Berta, do you know what your cobb angles for your...

    Berta, do you know what your cobb angles for your scoliosis were in your youth, and what they are now? I'm interested to know how/if they progressed.

    Kathryn
  20. Thread: Please help

    by Wakatie
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    I too have a lumbar curve and a lot of pain. I...

    I too have a lumbar curve and a lot of pain. I have found on several medical websites that lumbar curves have a tendancy to cause more pain than the other kinds, which has somethng to do with how...
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    Hey Sweety, in response to your question, there...

    Hey Sweety, in response to your question, there is no medical evidence that anything other than surgery can reduce the size of a curve. Bracing can prevent it from getting worse, but generally is...
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    I'm not sure but I'm thinking it's not very...

    I'm not sure but I'm thinking it's not very likely, since the pill basically prevents that. So let's hope that having to get our mothers (in my case...) to give us our birth control pills will...
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    Another female question

    Have any of you been on birth control pills prior to the surgery? I am on a low-dose pill, and I am wondering what would happen if I did need surgery. Would they let me take it in the hostpial?...
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    Hi Jen! Do you have a special bra made for you...

    Hi Jen! Do you have a special bra made for you to balance you out? Between now and when you decide to have the surgery or not, I have heard of many women getting fitted for special bras that "even"...
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    I've found a few medical websites that all say...

    I've found a few medical websites that all say the same thing - chiropractors are OK for pain management, but don't expect them to make the curve better or keep it from getting worse whatosever. I...
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