View Poll Results: How was your scoliosis first detected?

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  • School screening.

    49 18.77%
  • Pediatrician or family doctor.

    70 26.82%
  • Family or friends.

    69 26.44%
  • Self.

    21 8.05%
  • Chiropractor.

    12 4.60%
  • x ray/exam for accident or other reasons

    21 8.05%
  • Other

    19 7.28%
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Thread: How was your scoliosis first detected?

  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qikdraw
    You may have noticed I like to blabber too. lol These forums are great and the people I have talked to have been very nice and helpful. It really is something to be able to talk to people who understand what you are going through. I'm finding it very cleansing in a way, like every time I write a little weight gets taken away.

    Brad
    Just couldn't resist after I read this, it had me laughing so hard... I sure wish what I highlighted in your quote was really true! I would have lost tons by now and wouldn't have to diet any more. Hahahaha!

    I'm adding this later... just got done doing dishes (and who was that who said they did a lot of thinking while dish-washing???) and thought you might take that wrong, Brad. Hope you didn't-- I wasn't making light of your insightful comment on how sharing eases our own burdens... I just struggle so much with weight-- and so when I read that (and knowing HOW MUCH I POST ) I couldn't help but laugh and think, if ONLY that were true, literally. So it's just my odd sense of humor showing up...
    Last edited by Susie*Bee; 07-18-2008 at 04:45 PM. Reason: Adding on...
    63, and feeling better with each year-- Life is good!
    2007 major curve @ 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shiftt
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15-- and Tickled Pink!!!


    Click to view my pics: [url=http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg25/SusieB1951/pics%20of%20scoli%20x-rays/,[/url] digital x-rays, and pics of me

  2. #62
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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie*Bee
    Just couldn't resist after I read this, it had me laughing so hard... I sure wish what I highlighted in your quote was really true! I would have lost tons by now and wouldn't have to diet any more. Hahahaha!

    I'm adding this later... just got done doing dishes (and who was that who said they did a lot of thinking while dish-washing???) and thought you might take that wrong, Brad. Hope you didn't-- I wasn't making light of your insightful comment on how sharing eases our own burdens... I just struggle so much with weight-- and so when I read that (and knowing HOW MUCH I POST ) I couldn't help but laugh and think, if ONLY that were true, literally. So it's just my odd sense of humor showing up...
    LOL

    I would love it if that were true as well! I've been putting on the pounds since I haven't been working. I'm close to 170 now, and I'm only 5'6"!! Its all in this belly too. *sigh* I'd be happy at 140-150. I should be at least getting on the elipticle we have, but its really annoying my leg when I do it, so....

    Have you seen the 'Slim Quick' commercials?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amE18rxXhJQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDQgsr5tR48

    My wife laughs so hard at these commercials.

    Brad
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

  3. #63
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    haaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i couldn't help but cracking up at that! my parents say the same thing, and they are as skinny as a toothpick! (seriously. lol) i just think that that's so funny. i always thought i had fat cheeks in the second grade...but everyone told me i didn't... idk...
    hollistercali♥

    Valerie(:

    Age: 16
    Brace: Boston Brace
    Curves: 1st time was 30 and 31
    Curves now: 7 and 14
    Start to wean: August, 2010
    Official end: October, 2010

  4. #64
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    Mine was first detected by my skating coach.
    I'm a figure skater and I had this fancy dress on for a competition.
    The back of the dress was sort of open and had a cool design to it...anyways, she noticed that it was off centre.
    Then the next day at practice, she looks at my back and told me that one shoulder blade stuck out more than the other and that I should have it checked out just in case.
    This was when I was 15....and I had surgery on it in June, at age 17.

    I wonder how long it would have taken me to notice my back if it wasnt for my coach!
    17 years old - Female - Canada
    Had fusion surgery June 26th, 2008
    Feel free to ask me ANY questions about my experience!

  5. #65
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    Quote Originally Posted by tillgurl View Post
    Mine was first detected by my skating coach.
    I'm a figure skater and I had this fancy dress on for a competition.
    The back of the dress was sort of open and had a cool design to it...anyways, she noticed that it was off centre.
    Then the next day at practice, she looks at my back and told me that one shoulder blade stuck out more than the other and that I should have it checked out just in case.
    This was when I was 15....and I had surgery on it in June, at age 17.

    I wonder how long it would have taken me to notice my back if it wasnt for my coach!
    Are you going to be able to get back into figure skating? Do you do pairs, dance or skate alone?

    I grew up around figure skating, well at least having to watch it every time it came on tv, my mother pretty much made me. lol She used to be heavily involved in figure skating, (she even had a tv show in the 70s at one point) she missed the 1964 olympics by 1/100th of a point. They only took the top 3 Cdn women and she was a very close 4th. But it was my mother who noticed something wrong with me shortly after I was born too, so a figure skating coach found mine too.
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

  6. #66
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    My daughter was diagnosed at her 12 yr. Dr. appt. Then we went to an Othapedic Surgeon and at 16 degrees was wait and see for 6 months. At her 6 month check was at 31 and put in a brace. She is now at 25, 5 weeks later.

  7. #67
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    I was getting changed in PE when my friend noticed my left hip stuck out quite considerably. After asking the rest of my friends, they all seemed to agree. I can't believe I didn't notice before them!

  8. #68
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    school screening scoliosis

    Hello All:
    It's been a while since I posted, but I'm now 8 months post op from my 3rd spinal fusion and laminectomy. I'm still experience quite a bit of discomfort in the surgical area (6 pedicle screws and 2 additional rods adn a bone cage)

    I was first diagnosed at the age of 10 via a school screening (which I've been told have been discontinued in Maryland) and then my godfather worked in the hospital in the orthopedic department and got me to a scoliosis clinic in which I wore a Milwaukee brace for 2 years but due to the severity of my curve, that didn't work, so I moved to my first surgery in which a harrington rod/bone graft was completed. Since then I've had another harrington rod inserted and this new hardware.

    Mind you this was all back in 1977 when I was first diagnosed so thankfully the technology has changed.

    Take Care,

    LJ

  9. #69
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    I had a bone density scan because my doctor thought i wasn't getting enough calcium (turned out my bone density was exactly average) and an x-ray image came up on the woman's computer of my back and my mum pointed out my spine wasn't straight. Neither of us knew at the time what scoliosis was so my mum just asked if my spine should be like that and the woman who operated the machine just said it sometimes happens when children are put in that position (she knew heaps... not!!!) so my mum and I didn't think anything of it until we went back to the doctors and my mum pointed it out and asked him so he got me to bend over then said I should see an orthopaedic surgeon. We got an appointment for 2 months later, and I hadn't thought anything of the scoliosis as I thought the doctor would just give me exercises or something like that to do, so when she told me I needed a brace I bawled my eyes out and wouldn't look at her or speak to her (which I now know was very immature).

    Anyways I guess it was best it was discovered then because other wises I would most likely be definitely be facing worse.

  10. #70
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    My mom was helping me braid my hair one night when I was about 9. She noticed that my shoulders were uneven. She had me bend over and was positive I had scoliosis. My pediatrician disagreed with my mom, but my mom being the stubborn woman she is, refused to leave the office until I had a referral to an ortho. Mom was right, I was diagnosed a couple weeks later.

    Unfortunatly, I don't think Colorado does the testing in school. I know they do in California. My school out there insisted on doing it, even though they knew I did and even had to take my brace off for them to do the testing

  11. #71
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    Mine was diagnosed when I was 5 years old. I had gone to my primary doctor for my yearly physical before I went into kindergarten and he detected a heart murmur. I was born in a small town in colorado and my doctor sent me to see a specialist for my heart in Denver. Well my heart would be fine the specialist said but found out that I had Scoliosis!! Was the first in my family. We never heard of Scoliosis before.

    Once I started in school I also was checked even though they knew that I already had Scoliosis! But strangely now my children have grown up in colorado and have never gotten checked in school!!

    Things have changed!
    Adrienne
    1991 T4 - T12 Fusion
    1993 Rod Removal
    1999 T4-L4 Fusion (7 rib thoracoplasty)
    2002 Rod Removal 58;49 degrees
    Denver, CO; Dr. John Odom
    Rocky Mtn. Spine Center

  12. #72
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    Just prior to starting highbschool, was when I was checked by Education Dept. doctors (in New Zealand.) After that, Mum took me to the family doctor who told us about fusion (no rods) then spending at least 12 months in a cast, in hospital. I begged Mum not to make me go through that and even the Dr. felt it was drastic. Eventually we decided to wait and see. It was never mentioned again until my mid 50s when it started to progress and after I'd lost 6 cm in height in three years. At that point I asked my GP for xrays to check on it. She looked at the xrays and said, "Hmmm, you have the most interesting spine I've ever seen." And off to the surgeon I went.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

  13. #73
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    hey everyone, i'm raeann. i'm new here. =) nice to meet you all.

    mine was diagnosed this past january. (the 22nd...i'll never forget that day...) the doctor detected it at my regular physical. since then i've been to 3 different appointments, and i'm getting my brace finally this friday. i'm at a 24.9 degree curve... .1 degrees away from the official bracing for scoliosis.
    I don't think of my back brace as a disadvantage.

    I think of it as something that will help me, and I am fortunate to have the oppurtunity to fix my scoliosis.

  14. #74
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    these results are of idiopathic scoliosis, no?

  15. #75
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    Smile scoliosis

    i am now 44 yrs old and only over last 18 month was my scoliosis diagnosed why hadnt this shown at birth when it showed on x ray i had had this from birth what causes this to suddenlty happen

    inca

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