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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
I posted a thread similar to this about a year ago when I first went to doctors about the fact that one of my hips seemed to stick out more than the other. I was diagnosed with scoliosis, which for those who aren't sure basically means I have a curve and a twist in the bottom half of my spine, therefore this has sent my pelvis off course and means I'm kinda lopsided. Which doesn't look all that great in any kinda tight tops.

Anyways, today I've just come home from seeing a specialist who has proposed the dreaded idea of surgery :nervous: . He classed the curve in my spine as 45 degrees from the normal and therefore falls into the 'severe' category and would qualify for surgery. It's not painful or anything, although it does greatly increase my chance of having back problems in my 40's-50's, and so surgery would simply be on a cosmetic basis. But it does make me extremely self-conscious, it shows through some tighter clothes and any kinda of bikini or short top is a definatly no-no.

Surgery does carry the massive implication of a very marginal risk of paralysis (sp?) because it's on my spine, I think the doctor said it was something like 1 or 2%, but it's still there. And would make a fairly hefty scar.

Anyways, just wanted to know anyone else with scoliosis on here? And how bad is it? Anyone had, or would consider having surgery on this? Any comments for straight-spined people welcome too!


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    **helen****helen** Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Supreme Poster
    Hi innocent Kate,
    I'm pretty sure MrBox 99 has been through surgery for scoliosis - you can read his story here. He's still around as far as I'm aware so will no doubt pop in to this thread. :)

    It sounds like a tough choice to make, but it sounds like you're really well informed - I have a friend who has had the op too and she has been really pleased with the outcome.

    Best wishes and sorry I can't offer more advice ;)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi Kate, my mum had an operation on her spine (although not for scoliosis) and was very scared too of the possibility of paralysis if something went wrong. At least her docotor said that it very very unlikely, that she had nothing to worry about in that respect.

    Sorry, nothing more to add really.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for the responses guys. I'd read that article on Mr Box 99 before and it was interesting, but does put me off the idea of surgery somewhat from his story!

    Anyone else? I was hoping someone else on here may have it, because I don't think it's majorly uncommon.
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