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  1. #31
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    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for the link to the article, I found it informative and interesting. I was especially interested in the authors comments about brace treatment falling out of favor over the last 20 years due to lack of proof that it is effective, and also the section about likelihood of adult progression based on curve measurement at skeletal maturity.

    Richka, sorry to post on your thread--I really hope you can find some help and relief with PT.

    Best regards,
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Exclamation Find out the cause

    Richka,

    The best results are obtained when the true cause of pain is found. This way the source can be addressed. Since you are so physically fit I'm not sure just trying assorted exercise regimens is wise.
    Visiting a scoliosis specialist, who treats adults, would sort out these issues.

    If, perhaps, you developed an old compression fracture somewhere in your spine, from dancing, then that would have to be addressed. An exercise program might aggravate that, making your pain worse.
    Last edited by Karen Ocker; 07-30-2009 at 04:46 PM.
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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    Exclamation scoliosis related to nosebleed-nonsense

    Richka: this forum is not a substitute for a complete medical work-up by a competent physician. That being said there are a lot of clueless physicians. In my case an emergency room physician stated that scoliosis surgery is never done over age 19!!!
    Please check out the nosebleed. If you are not satisfied get other opinions.
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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    80 year old diagnosed with scoliosis

    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Ocker View Post
    Richka: this forum is not a substitute for a complete medical work-up by a competent physician. That being said there are a lot of clueless physicians. In my case an emergency room physician stated that scoliosis surgery is never done over age 19!!!
    Please check out the nosebleed. If you are not satisfied get other opinions.
    I have no idea how this clueless posting has re-appeared, and after 3 years! I have since been away from this scoliosis site after receiving some rude responses and just now have returned. This one popped up. I certainaly never thought that this forum was a substitute for medical work or have ever used it as such. In any case, I have other health concerns now besides scoliosis which now seems a minor complaint. Thankyou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richka View Post

    I have no idea how this clueless posting has re-appeared, and after 3 years! I have since been away from this scoliosis site after receiving some rude responses and just now have returned. This one popped up. I certainaly never thought that this forum was a substitute for medical work or have ever used it as such. In any case, I have other health concerns now besides scoliosis which now seems a minor complaint. Thankyou.
    Hi Richka - nice to see you back. How are you doing?
    Idiopathic, from the Latin meaning: we're idiots 'cause we can't figure out what's causing it (TV Dr. House, MD)

    I'm not weird ... I'm simply - multifactorial

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    if i read that post correctly, i don't think Richka is really back,
    just annoyed to see how his old posts have popped up....

    sorry to hear he has other health concerns...

    jess

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    I think the spammers are responsible for "reviving" these old threads. I've been seeing a lot of older threads pop up with spam attached. It seems that when Linda removes the post, it still stays near the top of the list.

    I'm sorry he's having other health problems, too. I can't believe he danced that long! I've seen that kind of dancing and I wouldn't last one minute!

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    I'm back

    I'm surprised this thread is still running after I've been away for what I think is possibly 3 years! During that time I've honestly thought little of my scoliosis because I've had 2major surgeries for cancer during that time. Naturally that has consumed my mind. Both my bladder and prostate have been totally removed by my Urologist and I don't think I shall EVER recover from that. I've had to give up dancing of course, which has been my life since age 14 and will never be able to dance again, not even ZUMBA classes that I was doing just before the diagnosis of cancer. I manage to do exercise in form of Chinese Chi Gong and lift free weights but get tired soon. After all, I'm now 84, the new 72. Still not bent over or anything like that. Posture perfect but feel empty around pelvic area; naturally as a lot is missing there. There is a tendency to collapse forward but I force myself to stand and walk tall, straight and shoulders down, etc.
    The surgeon said he got all the cancer but it can always re-appear, so it's CT scans every 6 months for the remainder of my life.
    Sorry about this detour off the subject of scoli but wanted to give reason for my disappearance.
    Well it's nice to be back but I forgot my password. The administrator gave me another temporary one so I will just stay logged in if that is possible.
    My best wishes to you all. Sounds crazy but I found out there are things even worse than scoliosis.

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    Welcome, Richka!

    I am a new member since you were here last. I must say I really admire your stamina. Some people "get old" and some people can't help it that the years pass by, but keep LIVING despite age stigma. I have a friend that is about 80 now and he has a scoliosis about like yours. You would NEVER know his age, ever. His scoli doesn't seem to bother him, but he's had some disc problems in the lower spine. I congratulate people like you. You are rare gems to be valued.

    I'm sorry about the cancer. That must have been terrifying. I'm 43 and had a cancer scare recently, but fortunately the biopsy was negative. So I can understand what you mean when you say there are things worse than scoli. I just wanted to introduce myself and make you feel welcome.

    Sincerely,
    Rohrer01

    I just wanted to make one correction to my statement about things worse than scoliosis. There ARE life-threatening cases of scoliosis, and in these cases, this is probably one of the worst medical conditions to have. There is so much pain associated with many people's scoliosis that can cause the quality of one's life to deteriorate to the point of not wanting to go on. So my statement was made for the majority of people with lesser curves and no chronic pain. I don't want to minimize those that are suffering terribly. The surgery involved in this disease is also one of the most invasive and dangerous surgeries out there. I have a relative by marriage that is dying from her scoliosis and is too weak to have any more surgery. So, for these cases, my comment doesn't apply. I just wanted to make that clear so no one takes offense.
    Last edited by rohrer01; 02-08-2012 at 08:31 AM. Reason: added thought

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