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Old 08-06-2003, 10:22 AM   #1
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Post 18 and already developing a hunchback?

i noticed a few weeks ago that the top of my spine is curved in and my head sits to far in front of me...my back used to be straight. i had a scoliosis test done a few years back and the dr said i had a slight curve but nothing serious...also because of this i have extreme back pains in the lower and upper sections i was just wondering if anyone had any advice at all, i could really use some thanks
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Old 08-06-2003, 11:23 AM   #2
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You may also have something called kyphosis, which is a curvature that would cause what you describe as a hunchback. Although many spine conditions don't make themselves known until middle-age, many others like scoliosis and kyphosis manifest in adolesence. Also, both of these conditions can progress rapidly and tests from a few years back don't tell you what the condition is today. If you had a mild curve a few years back, it should have been being monitered continuously since then. Depending on your insurance, you should either see your primary care provider, or a spinal specialist, immediately. The earlier a rapid curve progression is detected and treated, the better the results.

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With marked canal and foraminal stenosis and severe compression of L5 Nerve root.
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Old 08-06-2003, 12:32 PM   #3
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thanks...ill look into both conditions and i have a drs appointment sometime in the next couple weeks. what treatments do they have for them do you know
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Old 08-07-2003, 05:40 AM   #4
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Glad to hear that you have a doctors appointment. Depending on the severity of your curvatures, the doctor may feel that you need to wear a brace for a period of time. It is also possible that you may require surgery at some point. It is important that you see your doctor to learn what your options are. If the doctor recommends surgery, you should get a second opinion before proceeding. I'm also wondering (Since I am a mom, sorry!) if you have discussed all of this with your parents. Perhaps it would be helpful for you to do some research together.

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Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis for 26 years, recently progressed to Grade II
With marked canal and foraminal stenosis and severe compression of L5 Nerve root.
360 degree L5/S1 fusion on September 8th with 6 screws and 2 rods. My pain is 99.9% gone...this is the best thing I've ever done!
DDD and bone spurs T11-S1
Herniated C3-C4
Disk/spur complex C4-C5
Significant bone spurs C5-C6. Told that my C-spine will not be helped by surgery.

 
Old 08-07-2003, 07:55 AM   #5
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i have talked to my family about it, my brother thinking im a worry wart thinks ''my bones are swelled, and theres nothing to worry about'' a lil out there if you ask me,
my mom and i are very close weve discussed this many times things that could happen and what not. im not sure how bad the curve is if my hair is down no one could tell but if my back is exposed its very easy to tell. so im not sure if its bad enough for surgery. i really hope not because my insurance runs up at the end of the month yikes.
i have looked into a few options, i thought a back brace was for someone whos bones where still growing though, i havent grown in a few years. but i cant wait for the dr to give me some options
thanks
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Old 08-07-2003, 09:22 PM   #6
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Old 09-09-2003, 07:45 PM   #7
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I'm sorry for the delayed response to this topic but I feel as though I have some valuable information to the topic and I hope the origional poster get to read my message.

Wow this message sounds framiliar. Two years ago when I was also 18 I had noticed that my back seemed to be haunched over. After going to my family doctor a couple of times he sent me to an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon took some x-rays of the spine and confirmed that I had Scheuermann's Disease and that was the cause of my kyphosis. I also suspect that is what you have because it is the leading cause of kyphosis in young people. It usually develops between 13-18 years of age. It is also important to note that scheuermann's disease is not actually a disease, it is a spinal deformity. For some unkown reason the vertabrae in people with Scheuermann's Disease is more round in shape instead of the nomal square shape. Because of this the spine does not have a good level of stability and will gradually collapse over time causing kyphosis.

Anaways back to my story, my orthopedic surgeon sent me to physical therapy two times in the last two years. However the conservative therapy has failed, my back pain and kyphosis has increased. The latest measurement of my kyphosis was 84 degrees, which is not good. The orthopedic surgeon explained that since I was not responding to conservative treatment and was continually getting worse surgery would be necessary. He said that if my kyphosis gets any worse I could be in danger of compression of the spinal cord and that could cause neurological damage. So this January after my semester at school ends I will undergo an anterior posterior diskectomy fusion with instrumentation to reduce my kyphosis. The OS thinks that he can reduce my kyphosis to 60 degrees or less. So hopefully this will be the end to my troubles.

As for a brace, at age 18 it will not reduce your kyphosis but it will help with your pain. I am wearing a brace until my surgery to help with the pain and I really think that it is helping me get through my day. If you havn't already, you need to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon. They will be able to correctly diagnose the cause and moniter the problem.
I hope my stroy and advice helps you out a bit, I know how difficult it can be.

Best of luck,

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Old 09-10-2003, 04:32 AM   #8
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troubled youth,

You better do something about keeping insured. You have a pre-existing condition. And a lapse in coverage is another strike against you.

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Old 09-10-2003, 07:10 PM   #9
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Before your insurance lapses, COBRA must be offered to you. Since you have a pre-existing condition another insurance company will cover everything except that and you will have to wait several years of being treatment free before you are insured for that particular ailment. Pay for the COBRA. I know it's expensive but you will keep your medical coverage and can have the surgery you need.

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Old 09-12-2003, 06:28 PM   #10
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Hi,
Sorry to hear about your trouble. I don't know much about this kind of problem, but I do know of a kid who is already have spinal problems with a severe curvature.

This child also was diagnosed as having more than normal amount of mercury in his blood, urine, and hair. The hair test is most important, because it will show exposure over weeks or months. If you have any hair saved from when you were younger, that might be useful.

This was found out by him going to a doctor that specializes in preventative care and learning disabilities. There aren't too doctors like this around.
There's one in Oregon, in or near Portland. His name is Dr. Green. There's also another doctor in the Bay area, but as I can see since you are on the east coast I would check out a doctor who will test you for heavy metals and who has experience doing this.

I know what I'm telling you in unconventional, but it seems like so many doctors just want to do surgery without ever getting to the source of the problem.

Just think of it, fish with deformed backbones are usually found in areas of high concentration of pollution, chemical waste and heavy metals.

Best Wishes,

[This message has been edited by ricebird (edited 09-12-2003).]

 
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