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Thread: Scoliosis & Women

  1. #31
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    Sep 2008
    Location
    Colorado
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    I was diagnosed when I was 5!! I went for my routine physical and my primary Dr. detected a heart murmur. They then sent me to a specialist in Denver and my heart was okay but they found I had scoliosis!

    I was very thin growing up and I started by period shortly after my first surgery. I was 15!
    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

  2. #32
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    Nov 2008
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    i was very late - about 18. also went thru a few month time span around 14 when i verged on anorexia. not small-boned or naturally thin, but short and slender during adolescence.

    while we're throwing observations out there --- i was also extremely flexible - could do a backbend and grab my ankles and become a human wheel. could also easily kick the back of my head with my foot. i'm wondering if anyone's heard of a connection between extreme flexibility and tendency towards scoliosis.

  3. #33
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Seattle, WA
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    If anything, my son's experience is the opposite regarding scoliosis and flexibility. His physical therapist told us that Alexander is the 2nd least flexible person he's ever met. He stretches every night now and it's gotten a little better.
    Laurie

    Mother of Alexander & Zachary:
    Alex is 16 years old and in the 11th grade. He has congenital scoliosis due to a hemivertebrae at T10. Wore a TLSO brace for 3 1/2 years. Pre-op curves were T45 & L65; curves post-op are approx. T31 & L34. Had a posterior spinal fusion from T8 to L3 on 7/12/07 at age 12. Doing great now in so many ways, but still working on improving posture.
    Zach is 13 years old and very energetic.

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