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    Does anyone know if kyphosis can be the result of crash dieting during an adolescent

    growth spurt?

    I was diagnosed with Schuermann's Kyphosis at 17 by a busy specialist I went to see, after my doctor or anyone else failed to notice it for 3 years prior to that. He was in too much of a hurry to go into the cause.

    All I know is, at 14, I crash dieted and a month later had a curved spine and a torso that was short in comparison to my legs, with weaked shoulders. So I am wondering if I suffered muscle atrophy around the shoulders which caused my spine to curve through lack of support, and also my torso to stop growing.

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    Unless you have some sort of bone disease, I can't imagine how crash dieting would cause kyphosis or scoliosis.

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    Hi, thanks for replying.

    I wonder, therefore, if my kyphosis was due to a condition at, or before, birth, rather than through bad posture as a youth.

    Any diagnosis on this would be a huge relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ McClure View Post
    Hi, thanks for replying.

    I wonder, therefore, if my kyphosis was due to a condition at, or before, birth, rather than through bad posture as a youth.

    Any diagnosis on this would be a huge relief.
    I can't diagnose you, but I do agree with Linda that external factors (crash dieting - which is horrid for your body ANYWAY, heavy backpacks, poor posture, etc.) do NOT cause scoliosis and/or Schuermann's Kyphosis ...

    If you had scoliosis/kyphosis prior to then (due to some connective tissue disorder), I am pretty sure - at least I HOPE - another physician would have noticed something awry. That doesn't mean your genes weren't programmed for you to develop it later. You may never know - and you may or may not be able to trace back a familial link.

    Just my opinion, but if your "specialist" is too busy to talk to you about your condition, find another one. You're a paying customer, sweetheart, and you have a right to a certain level of service. Demand it.

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