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  1. He's written a really good book, and I just got...

    He's written a really good book, and I just got it on my Kindle. Thanks!
    For anyone else reading this, the book is called "Do you really need spine surgery?" and the author is David Hanscom.
    My...
  2. Great info - you are a font of knowledge! If I...

    Great info - you are a font of knowledge! If I were to go through this I'd have to see if there is anything to be gained by traveling, by asking very good questions. I have to say that I looked at...
  3. Great info, Ed - thank you. The people who travel...

    Great info, Ed - thank you. The people who travel - what do they do for follow-up appointments? Do they travel again or do they find a local scoli doc to follow them and collaborate? Neither seems...
  4. Yes, I have a lot of thinking to do, pro and con....

    Yes, I have a lot of thinking to do, pro and con. When I saw Dr. Stevens he was emphatic that I had to do this. I was actually quite surprised, knowing he's pretty conservative and thinking we were...
  5. That's curious about the prone position. I've...

    That's curious about the prone position. I've been a natural stomach sleeper most of my life, although I'm trying to sleep on my back more, but I've spent many nights 8 hours in the prone position...
  6. Based on comments, here are some of my questions:...

    Based on comments, here are some of my questions: What is the incidence of horrible life-altering complications like paralysis? I don't understand how you could get blindness - can anyone explain...
  7. Hi Jackie - I'm out in Phoenix. Christopher...

    Hi Jackie - I'm out in Phoenix. Christopher DeWald in Chicago is the son of Ronald DeWald and took over the practice when his father retired. I used to live in Chicago just coincidentally for years...
  8. My original surgery was with Dr. Ronald DeWald in...

    My original surgery was with Dr. Ronald DeWald in Chicago. We traveled to see him. He was one of the top people in the country at that time and somehow my parents found him in the pre-Internet days....
  9. Hi Ed, This is a lot of great info, some of...

    Hi Ed,

    This is a lot of great info, some of which I had to google. Yes, the pain has gotten quite bad, especially in the lower leg. It starts out horrible in the morning and eventually abates...
  10. An update on my situation

    I finally have an update after taking the time to do a couple of consults. I saw Dr. Uribe at Barrow and he said to not do anything as my muscles are used to being where they are and my body is...
  11. Hi Tina - I've been wondering about this but my...

    Hi Tina - I've been wondering about this but my ortho didn't think it was a problem. I also had my husband snap random pictures of me playing so that I could show them to my PT from my phone and she...
  12. Dr. Uribe

    Thanks! He looks good, lots of papers to his name. I still haven't gotten used to the idea of neurosurgeons doing this work but maybe I'm just old-fashioned.
  13. Update March 2021

    I went to get a checkup last week and saw Dr. William Stevens here in Phoenix. When I saw him two years ago, he said that he could do a conservative revision surgery to halt progression, as I posted...
  14. Thanks, Linda! I'm just about to make an...

    Thanks, Linda! I'm just about to make an appointment to get checked out. Have you ever heard of playing guitar being contraindicated for scoliosis patients? I just hope I'm not doing anything to make...
  15. Core stabilizing PT, and is guitar playing bad for us?

    I'm the original poster on this thread and haven't visited this forum in a long time. I feel like my curve has been getting worse over the past year but I haven't been to a doctor recently to have it...
  16. Thank you both very much for your well-reasoned...

    Thank you both very much for your well-reasoned and educational comments, I much appreciate it. If doing nothing is the right course I may just have to live with that. However, since I have seen only...
  17. Hi Linda, Thanks so much for your thoughtful...

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. Yes, this is complicated. The issue is that my bone quality now is just "ok" but if it decreases any more, I would not be an acceptable surgical...
  18. A proposed conservative revision surgery, would like input

    I am 65 years old and had fusion in 1976 with Harrington rod, was corrected from 49 degree lumbar curve to 23, but it later went to 37, where it stabilized for many years. It’s been gradually getting...
  19. Hi Linda, Thank you for sharing this...

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for sharing this information, and in such a personal way. I appreciate it very much. There are really no easy answers with this. I will plan to visit some of the better-known...
  20. Hi Linda, In many ways the prospect of growing...

    Hi Linda,

    In many ways the prospect of growing older with a potentially increasing and very apparent deformity, and the daily emotional and psychological toll that this takes scares me as much as...
  21. Hi Linda, Thanks for weighing in. What is life...

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for weighing in. What is life like for people with curves in the 60s, for example, if mine projects out to the 70s in very old age? In addition to heart/lung issues, I'm worried...
  22. The NP is supposedly qualified to measure the...

    The NP is supposedly qualified to measure the curve but I would have preferred the doctor. In the last few months I noticed that my clothes are suddenly fitting me worse and making the curve much...
  23. Increasing curve but no pain – do they do revision for this?

    I had a fusion with Harrington rod in 1976 to correct a 49 degree lumbar curve. My fusion runs from T8 to L4. I wore a body cast and my curve shifted to 37 degrees in the cast, but remained stable...
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