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  1. #16
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    Scoliosis and Osteopenia

    Dear Spring72,
    Sorry to hear about your orthopedic problems. Another thing to consider is Vit.D levels. This has been in the news lately. It is very possible that those individuals with low bone density may be poor VitD absorbers or may just have very low levels of Vit. D. It would be interesting to investigate whether there are more cases of scoliosis in Canada than, for example, in the Southern U.S.

    Best wishes,
    Harriet

  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by wnorm View Post
    Another thing to consider is Vit.D levels. This has been in the news lately. It is very possible that those individuals with low bone density may be poor VitD absorbers or may just have very low levels of Vit. D.
    Oddly enough I also have low vitamin D levels and am on an 8 week prescription to get my levels up as I am having my surgery on Monday, thank you Harriet
    Spring
    42 yrs old
    Milwaukee braced 1983 to 1989
    was told my curves would never progress
    at 19yrs old 1991, T30-L38
    2010, T38-L56--progression in one year 2011, T40-L67
    new diagnosis-kyphoscoliosis, DDD, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, 73 degree Kyphosis
    Surgery 1-09-12....10 hrs all posterior T4-sacrum & 2 cages
    Dr. Lenke-St. Louis Mo.
    Surgery to clean out infection 2-10-12
    Revision for broken rods 1-23-14

  3. #18
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    my bio identical hormone doc has me on daily Vit D dose,
    as the northeast US doesn't get a lot of sun much of the year, and as a born New Yorker,
    i am not used to being out in the sun all that much, unless on vacation at the beach...

    i think the comparative norms for the bone density testing are set
    on older women....not sure how that would work out for testing large scale
    populations of 15 year olds, but would love to see it done...
    of course, i'm sure insurance companies in the US would have something
    to say about paying for all those bone density tests....

    i used to go on crazy "diets" as a teen and woman in my 20's, 30's....
    finding out i had osteopenia was not as shocking as it could have been
    to my inner psyche, at least...

    best of luck with the surgery and recovery....

    jess

  4. #19
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    Scoliosis and Osteoporosis

    Dear Spring72,
    Good luck with your surgery.
    I was wondering about other health issues often found in people with scoliosis. Have you heard of any link between scoliosis and colitis? It is possible that the 2 condition can occur together.Any thoughts?

    Best wishes,
    Harriet

  5. #20
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    Jul 2010
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    Thank you both....ditto on the crazy diets and I have not heard of any correlation with colitis...I'm certain there are many conditions that scoli's my have together though...just another mystery, hoping someday that someone will find the answers and put a stop this needless suffering.
    Spring
    42 yrs old
    Milwaukee braced 1983 to 1989
    was told my curves would never progress
    at 19yrs old 1991, T30-L38
    2010, T38-L56--progression in one year 2011, T40-L67
    new diagnosis-kyphoscoliosis, DDD, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, 73 degree Kyphosis
    Surgery 1-09-12....10 hrs all posterior T4-sacrum & 2 cages
    Dr. Lenke-St. Louis Mo.
    Surgery to clean out infection 2-10-12
    Revision for broken rods 1-23-14

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