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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Topeka, KS

    Cool Scoliosis 80+ curve

    Hello All,
    Still awaiting my appt with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, Aug 19th. It iwll get here someday, I am hoping. It has been a long wait!
    I am told by my orthopedic doc that my curve is 80+ degrees and that is all he would tell me pretty much and that I needed to see a surgeon as soon as I could get in.
    I'm experiencing a lot of shortness of breath basically whenever I walk anywhere, even to the kitchen from my chair.
    I have a lot of pain, sometimes that nearly is unbearable.
    I have a lot of numbness and tingling around my mid-section to my from abdomen on the front side and the ribs hurt a lot.
    But, recently I have been having problems swallowing. Anyone else experience this? What other surprises do we get - is this not enough? Ha!
    I seem to be able to chew and get it to go down partially but it seems to sit in the esophagus and at times I cannot swallow at all.
    Boy - I don't like this at all.
    thanks for any advice. Just wondered if this was a normal thing that someone else had experienced? Thanks much I appreciate it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008

    I had the same exact swallowing thing happening to me. Where it goes down and gets stuck.

    I mentioned this to my scoli surgeon and he said that it was not due to the scoliosis. I was ready to go to a upper gi guy, but it never happened. My insurance could only take so much abuse. LOL

    After my scoli surgery, that problem went away. Go figure.

    After my scoli surgery, and after I was off the meds, my heartburn went away.

    After my scoli surgery, my breathing improved.

    Now that I think about, all sorts of things improved. Except my memory, I'm forgetting everything now.

    Eat soft foods, chew thoroughly, drink water first before eating.
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California

    It seems to me that it could be a problem with a lack of thoracic kyphosis, or even just the rotation of the thoracic spine. You should definitely mention it to Dr. Lenke.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Aside from any possible scoli causes, have you thought it may simply be stress? Anyone facing this surgery is under considerable stress.

    Good luck Rita.
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    new jersey
    I had a 95 curve which was corrected to about 60. I have never had any digestive problems since surgery. Prior, I had horrible coughing while eating & swallowing problems...I lived on Tums & now have not needed one in 3 yrs..!!

    fused T11-L5 Aug 1, 2006
    Dr. Boachie/Kim
    Last edited by lelc2002@yahoo; 07-31-2009 at 08:17 AM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Topeka, KS
    Does Tums really help with that? I'm doig the coughing and choking bit and having problems with swallowing. 80 deg +

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