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    Old 09-16-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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    Scoliosis Question

    Hi guys...

    I've been suffering with increased back pain for the last few months. I know that I have's obvious when you look at my back...and what I affectionately call "my hump"

    I have had tests done and have been to a very good hospital for evaluation in the '90's. Here's my question...when I was evaluated years ago, I was told that I have a 50 degree curve. Last month I had regular x-rays of my thoracic and lumbar spine and the results came back saying that my curve is 42 degrees. Is it possible that the curve has lessened? I mean I've been having so much more pain....the results of the most recent x-ray show severe lower thoracic rotatory levoscoliosis, apex at T11 with an approximate Cobb angle of 42. Osteopenia is also diagnosed....I had a chest x-ray at the same time which shows that I have copd...but I didn't get the film or the results so i'm not sure of the degree of that yet.

    I'm really wondering if the curve could have indeed decreased? If so...why has the pain increased so much? I'm of course also worried about the copd. When I was diagnosed in the '90's the doctor said that they didn't do surgery for people with my degree of curvature...but i'm wondering if I might need to have surgery done now that it might be affecting my lungs? Also the pain is a big issue. I'd love to be able to just deal with this with physical therapy, etc...I wonder if that's possible?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this )


    ps....I had mri's of both the thoracic and lumber spine done yesterday...but of course the results aren't back yet...
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    Old 10-04-2010, 03:47 PM   #2
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    My pulmonologist said that I do not have COPD because I have scoliosis. It is possible to have decreased lung capacity because of scoliosis which he called "restrictive" rather than "obstructive". Have you been given a spirometry test? That is generally how COPD is diagnosed. If not, you should ask for one or ask to see a pulmonologist. Once diagnosed, you can be treated...not cured...but treated. There are a number of things you can do (including but not limited to medication) for yourself to ease your dyspnea and lead a more active live despite the condition. Hope this helps!


    Old 10-06-2010, 11:28 AM   #3
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    Hi Rebecca--

    I'm going to see a scoliosis specialist next week so i'll ask him about the copd first, but I think that seeing a pulmonolgist may be a good idea if the copd isn't caused by my scoliosis. I'll take it step by step....pain's a real issue for me at the moment...but of course hearing copd mentioned made me feel nervous...I've never had trouble breathing, but I'd like to try and make sure that I don't in the future either. I'm going to definately ask the doc about it next week and see what he/she thinks.

    Thanks so much for your reply...and sorry I didn't reply sooner...I haven't been online that much recently and didn't see that you had until today...

    I hope that you're doing well...

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