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  1. #1
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    Mar 2004
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    Cool body image and clothing ideas

    i've read about a lot of people having body image and clothing issues with their scoliosis. a little background on myself:i've had congenital scoliosis since i was two years old with a spinal fusion of twelve vertebrae when i was three and i wore a milwaukee brace for about six years. i've had a rib hump pretty much all my life and have learned some valuable lessons that might be helpful. first of all clothing: one strategy- hide it- shirts with hoods are awesome. they don't have to be sweatshirts, i have the cutest tight little shirt from the gap with a hood on it. they work wonders. also now they have a lot of cropped coverups out this fall. some hang funny and off to one side but one's that have an enclosure to keep them close to the body are great. also tight dresses don't work, but spaghetti strap ones that are not too tight in the hips i have found look alright. i also wear my hair long to cover it up. another strategy- embrace it- sometimes i just get sick of trying to cover up something that is obviously there and everyone knows about. if you feel confident in a cute new shirt that might be less flattering to your back but more flattering in other ways, then go for it. if you feel you look hot people will think you are more so than if you feel like your trying to hide something. i've found lately that working on making my body the best it can be is more beneficial. even though i have twelve fused vertebrae, they have held the fusion for thirteen years, so i can still do situps and other excercises. i found that working on staying fit and building muscle tone is rewarding and makes me feel like i'm doing something postive for my body. i actually wore a bikini the other day and figured people would stare at my back but they actually complimented my rippedness. i'm seriously considering a thorocoplasty next summer so this will be excellent prep for my lungs as well. i hope these suggestions help and feel free to write me with comments or questions!!

  2. #2
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    Question help me, I'm confused

    Hi I have scoliosis and I hate it! I also get sick of trying to cover it up and always worrying about what I can and can't wear, in case people notice, and even if people don't notice i feel like they do. Howver i have also found that hooded tops are good for covering it up, but I just don't know what to do anymore. I don't think my scoliosis is bad enouhg to need surgery, but I don't know how much longer I can live with it, but I don't know whether it's sensible to consider having surgery because what if somethign went wrong, or it didn't improve my appearance, would it be worth it? Sorry to go on like this, but I really needed to talk to someone who could understand where I'm coming from. Please someone write back. -x-

  3. #3
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    Mar 2004
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    don't worry

    hey! thanks for posting a reply to my thread. i appreciate it. if u want my honest opinion, i really wouldn't be too concerned about it if i were you. not to throw myself a pity party or anything because i have a decent level of self confidence, but i would be so happy if people sometimes couldn't tell if i had scoliosis. if u don't need surgery and you are not in pain without surgery, then feel fortunate. i understand how self concious it can make you feel, but if its not so bad that you don't need surgery then that's awesome. even with surgery i have a fifty seven degree curve, so i envy you. hoodies and stuff are great but if you wear other things that might show it a little with confidence it works just as well. write back if you want and we can keep correspondence!

  4. #4
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    Apr 2005
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    Hiiii!

    Hi dancer chick!

    So glad to read your post.. I thought I was the only person in the world who has scoliosis and has a bit of a hump on one side... I have my hair long (mid-back) to cover it up, and I used to wear hoodies but no more - I got sick of it!

    On low days I do feel very self consious about people 'spotting it' , I'm wondering if I should go back to see a specialist (i did have harrington rods put in when i was about 13 - am 24 now!!!) and see if anything can be done to reduce the hump so to speak...

    I would love to keep int touch!

    M xx

  5. #5
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    Oct 2005
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    Wink

    Hey!
    My name is Núria and I am from Catalonia (a region of Spain). I have scoliosis since I was twelve and what I am doing to improve the appearence of my back is doing some exercices from a theraphy called Schroth. It's great and my back has improved a lot since I started and my muscles and lungs work better.
    Bye!

    XX

  6. #6
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    Oct 2005
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    fashionable alternatives

    hi,
    my name is helen and I am a fashion student from belfast.I have had scoliosis since I was about 2yrs old and wore boston braces up until the age of about 15 when I had surgury and harrington rods put in,ive also been left with a bit of a rib hump on my left side.Anyway,im in final year of my degree now and for my dissertation I am planning to tackle the problem head on by developing a young, trendy, fashionable range of clothing for people with scoliosis, looking at rib humps, assymetric figures etc.I absolutely love clothes and am sure that clever pattern cutting is the answer!!if anyone has any advice or ideas that they could give me or ways suggestions as to what you feel comfortable in and what you would really love to wear but cant find in a suitable style/cut, please let me know!

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