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  1. #16
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    Kay, Didnít you say you were headed in the direction of Plano? Was it Dr Hostin?

    I say this because you now have all these docs dictating your scoliosis direction, and they are not scoliosis specialists.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

  2. #17
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    Hi Ed,

    I am heading out of state next month to see a scoliosis specialist for my spine. I decided to see this local orthopedic to get my MRI and any advice on my leg pain. After talking to folks here and even here at home, I would not let a regular orthopedic fix my spine. I've heard too many stories of bad outcomes, it's just too risky.

    I don't want to rush into anything but I don't think my pain or curve is leaving me anytime. My lumbar curve is a 41 degree curve and its advancing only at about a half degree per year. I see so many on here having surgery on way bigger curves but my curve sure gives me pain now and has changed my quality of life so I'm just trying to figure out what's best to do. It's just not black and white for me unlike so many others here where it is.

    Anyway, hope your doing well.

    Melisse
    Melisse
    Age: 42: with 42* Lumbar, 32* Thoracic.
    Diagnosed with Adolescent Scoliosis @ 12 y.o. Thoracolumbar curve was around 28*
    Wore Boston Brace 2 -3 yrs

  3. #18
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    It would probably be best to wait until you see a scoliosis specialist.....

    When you have people that donít work with scoliosis patients, even something like CT machine operation, curves and rotation can throw a wrench in the gears. I have had to do re runs on CT machines because of this, and then having someone who doesnít work with scoliosis patients try to land a needle into your rotated spine, its just something to think about.....Its hard to say on the shots by the testimonials here, it probably runs around 50:50. Linda would know more on this...

    Iím doing great, its snowing every day out here, and no bear traps this season. I have a thread on this common gripping feeling we get, but this year has been great. Usually this happened during winter storms, but now I donít know what to say. Sometimes, there are no answers.

    Hang in there

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    I don't know how I feel on the epidural but I'm kinda thinking, why not try it. It can't hurt me. I understand about having a scoliosis specialist treat me as far as a surgery but I've got to be able to have some kind of local care as I wouldnt think going out of state for every conservative treatment is possible.


    I miss the snow and the mountains, I bet it's beautiful in your neck of the woods.
    Melisse
    Age: 42: with 42* Lumbar, 32* Thoracic.
    Diagnosed with Adolescent Scoliosis @ 12 y.o. Thoracolumbar curve was around 28*
    Wore Boston Brace 2 -3 yrs

  5. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay1974 View Post
    I don't know how I feel on the epidural but I'm kinda thinking, why not try it. It can't hurt me. I understand about having a scoliosis specialist treat me as far as a surgery but I've got to be able to have some kind of local care as I wouldnt think going out of state for every conservative treatment is possible.
    Melisse, There are complications that can result from corticosteroid shots. I am assuming that these risks are small, but we still need to be aware of....
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-proc...s/cmc-20206857

    You can also Google "Spinal steroid injection risks"

    This article below from Dr Cunningham from HSS will answer some questions....

    Under non-surgical treatment, He lists...

    observation
    avoidance of activities that exacerbate
    exercise
    heat or cold
    acupuncture
    manipulations
    oral meds
    injections
    surgery

    He mentions using injections if oral drugs do not offer relief....in other words, this list is in sequence. Its easier to try an oral NSAID anti inflammatory, than to do a steroid shot. But the docs and hospitals make a fortune doing these shots....hence the skip process.
    https://www.hss.edu/conditions_degen...s-overview.asp


    Anti-Inflammatory diet ..... Diet is important! Food for thought...
    http://www.arthritis.org/living-with...-inflammatory/

    Its raining cats and dogs right now, should turn back to snow in a few days...

    Ed
    Last edited by titaniumed; 01-08-2017 at 03:29 PM.
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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