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Kim40KKim40 Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in New Member Introductions
Hey everyone,

My name is Kim, I am a mum to 5 wonder children. My second eldest is 15 and just after his 15th Birthday last year he was diagnosed with scolisis, we are heading to the specialist on 24th June 2010 to see where we are headed, his lower back is 35 degree's and his top half is 32....



  • I have no insight on scoliosis but I have seen members here that have had issues with it.

    If you type the word in the search box at the top of the page I am sure that you will find lots of useful information on the subject.

    I know that this must be scary for you especially since it involves a child. You have found a great place for support and you are doing the right thing by gaining as much information that you can before you see the specialist. Then you will be able to ask educated questions as well as know what questions to ask.

    My only suggestion would be to make a written list of your questions before you go so that you will not forget anything important that you may want to ask.

    Good luck to you and your son and please keep us posted.
  • Thanks JJ grey. I will be writing down questions, I will definatly keep you posted on how we go :*
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions i can. you sound like a concerned mom! you have come to a great place to get information about your son's condition.. be sure and check out the different forums and get all your questions answered by your doctor to your satisfaction.. also, please be sure and get a second opinion if surgery is recommended. i don't know if something that drastic is planned but a second opinion is always best!! good luck with your son and stop by anytime.. remember to take good care of yourself as well. Jenny :)
  • Hi Jenny,

    Thanks Jenny I will ask for a second opion if surgery is offered,the thought of that just makes me sick to my stomach with concern, I dont want to pull the wool over my own eyes and say no that wont be even mentioned but I cant do that as it maybe.... My head is just spining as most parents would say it will never happen to my child... Arrr .... I am so glad I found this forum you guys are so friendly and supportive... When I get 5 mins I will go around the other forums....

    Time to take the younger 3 ferals to school....

    Hope everyone has a good day! :=)

  • Well we had our appointment yesterday and here I am after a very sleepless night and a lot of why my son, we have been told he needs surgery and of course my head is spining..... a lot of crying and thinking..... My son seems to be at ease the idea.... we are waiting for an information session before we make the major decision....
  • hello!! :H so sorry to hear your son may be heading for surgery.. please don't forget that second opinion!! it is always a good idea to get confirmation on such a big decision.. that does not mean you need to change doctors, just another opinion! please stop by anytime you need to chat.. this must be a very difficult time for you.. you need to get your rest and take care of yourself as well. all the best!! Jenny :)
  • Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for your support, we have been told that he is too old for a back brace. I myself have my own medical issues as we speak with my various veins and having injections today upon other issues, I am hoping to get my personal issues out of the way first before we deal with our son.....

    Just taking one day at a time
  • I understand your concerns regarding the surgery. One of my daughter's was 15 when she had to have the same surgery and now, nine years later, she couldn't be happier. Young people heal much quicker than us older folks from this major surgery. She still has minor back pains every so often but would have been in a wheelchair without the surgery at her age by now.

    My daughter had 2 full length back rods and something like 27 screws in all with a then visible scar from above her butt to near her neck. The scar is barely visible now. So, follow your surgeons advice but remember the outcome can be much worse left alone.
  • Kim, i am happy to hear you are taking care of yourself and getting yourself in good health.. :D your son is going to really need you if he has surgery and you need to be in good health to help him.. all the best Kim to you and your son!! i know this will work out for the best Kim.. you seem to be on top of things and very much concerned about your son.. Jenny :)
  • We are off to an information session on back fusion on monday 12 july.... so nervous!
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Good Luck for the 12th, I hope you find all the advice and information you need.

    Liz xx

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Kim, my nephew had this surgery 3 years ago. They discovered his problems in his mid teens and tried braces which didn't work. He's now going into his third year of college and if you asked him about the surgery he would probably say "what surgery?"

    Kids are tough and heal very well. My advice is to make sure you are in good health so that you can take care of him. My sister-in-law had to take care of him for a few weeks. He also wanted dad to take care of certain things too -- boy stuff.

    Good Luck and let us know what happens next week.
  • Hi,

    We have been told my son is too old for the brace. Yeah I have thought of the boy stuff too, we are getting prepared for that just in case dad (well step dad in his case, his real dad is 3 hrs away), we have been told sugery is the best for him, I am in pretty good health myself.....

    will let you know how it all goes
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