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i would like to know everything about scoliosis.

i would like to know everything about scoliosis.  what is it? who is more prone to scoliosis?, what are the causes?, what are the different types and explain them, is it deadly, what are the treatments, are there symptons?, basically i would like to know everything that a expert will tell someone 
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 01/08/2017 - 3:40 AM
    hello samsabs 
    there are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.

    https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/scoliosis/scoliosis-what-you-need-know

    please click on link for information about spine-health
    welcome to spine-health

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,354
    If you want to know about scoliosis from someone that has it and just went through surgery, read the thread "my scoliosis" by WLLady. Also December surgery buddies, filled with experiences from surgery.
    Sandra
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    Sam...

    Go to Wikipedia and enter "scoliosis"... that should give you a good start.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,486
    edited 01/08/2017 - 12:39 PM
    wow, hi samsabs!!!  that's a big question-to want to know everything about scoliosis.  i've been crash coursing on learning everything i can get my hands on for about 18 months since i was diagnosed with my "issues".  and i still barely know anything about it....
    wikipedia, and then this spine health website.  also a google search for scoliosis....and you'll find there's different kinds of scoliosis-adult onset, idiopathic, childhood onset, adolescent onset, degenerative etc etc.  each has it's own way of forming, and it's own individual issues.  some are fast progressing, some aren't.  some are rapidly deteriorating while others arent.  i guess i was kinda unlucky in that mine was degenerative on top of a probable adolescent onset, that went undiagnosed.  i found out that i had it when i started losing function in my left leg bigtime, and pain like crazy walking....the standing xray showed it in black and white.  69 degrees pointing L2 out under my left ribs.  by the time my surgery date had arrived i had progressed to 110 degrees.  yes, it can be lifethreatening if the curves impinge the heart and lungs.  generally though it is not because it's found early most of the time. 
    if you have specific questions i can try to help with what i have learned in the last 18 months, but i'm not an expert by any means.  i'm learning how to live with the "fix" which hopefully will be the one and only fix i need....knock on wood.  i just had a 10 level fusion  from T10 down all the way to S2 and pelvis.  not a fun surgery, and going to be a long slow recovery.....
    and yes, scoliosis can be genetic.....it also can form because of other factors, like osteoporosis, or facet arthrosis, or other things.  oh, and there's lateral scoliosis-where the spine bends side to side, or saggital -front to back, or rotatory, where the spine twists on itself on the axis, so that the "front" of the vertebrae don't face the front anymore but turn to face the wrong way.....i had this and lateral scoliosis.  it's named by region, so thoracolumbar scoli is in the thoracic and lumbar, cervical is in the neck, cervicothoracic is neck and upper back etc etc. 

    Kathy
    Veritas-Health Moderator
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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

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