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loss of height

susanssusan Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Scoliosis
My 16 year old daughter just had an appt and said she just lost 2 inches in height. I was highly concerned. She has scoliosis. Is this a real possibility, or is the measuring tool at the doctors office wrong? They say that she is only 1/4 in taller than she was 2 years ago. She has grown significantly since then and has grown in leg length alot. I am concerned that her back may be curving suddenly. Has anyone heard of this?

I am very concerned!!!


  • yes, I have scoliosis - I was 5'6" in high school & by the time I had surgery I was only 5'4 1/2 - I was so upset when they told me that. I had a huge fusion & now am...5'6" again. One of my legs is an
    1 1/2" longer than the other - but it could be worse.

    I had 2 severe curves that I let go too long & I was able to have my surgery at 49 - they know so much more now - I would have faith that your daughter can be helped by surgery if she needs it.

    I know it's scary because she is your child.
  • Since developing degenerative scoliosis in recent years, I've lost 2 inches in height. I don't know how fast scoliosis can develop in young people but from what I've read, the degenerative kind can rapidly progress over a period of a few months.

    Since your daughter already has a diagnosis of scoliosis, I presume she is being monitored periodically for progression of the curves. If not, it would seem important to find out what is actually happening with her loss in height. You would be justified in seeking answers.

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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