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    I was discovered to have scoliosis when I was 12 and I was braced for several years, to halt the curve. When I was 16, I was told the curve was in "the grey area" and I could have the operation if I wanted but it wasn't necessary - I had the operation 3 days after my 16th birthday. It was the best decision I have ever made! I am 21 now, and I have just finished my master's degree. I am fully mobile (I work at a playscheme for disabled chilren so I chase them around and play on trampolines!), I haven't been in pain since the operation (apart from recovery pain obviously) and I write a fashion and beauty blog! I am so much more confident - I am no longer a "hunchback" and I feel beautiful where I used to feel ashamed. There are obviously the scary parts like the threat of paralysis, but this is so small, they just have to tell you for legal reasons. I have a couple of numb patches on my back but they don't bother me. The best part is that I honestly can say I am cured! I am so happy and it's changed my life. Also, there is evidence that as women approach the menopause and hormones change, the curve can get worse so I have avoided that. I also have a brilliant posture and I grew 2 inches! For anyone considering having the operation, I would say think carefully about it, but remember that physio and all the other "treatments" are not a cure. You will have it forever unless you have it corrected.





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    hello im shelby and wow that is great to no i really want the surgery do you no how bad your vurve was? mine is 35 i have got a back brace too, i hate it soo much and i would like to no how much it restricts you in everyday situations.

    I had 2 curves, the top one was around 35 and the bottom one was around 30. I hated my back brace! It was really awful and ugly (although it got me out of PE!) I couldn't wait to be out of the brace. After the op, it takes a little while to adjust to not being able to move as much as you used to, and it feels so wierd to walk for a while because suddenly the muscles and bones are in the correct places so you almost have to learn to do some movements again! Other than that it was ok, and after about 6 months to a year I started doing gentle yoga classes which helped me SO much and I have almost normal flexibility now. Everyday wise, I find I'm not restricted much, I can't really go long distances in certain cars which have big lumbar support as I can't curve my back around the lumbar support! I've had to buy a Corsa rather than a KA as the seats are flat! And if I'm lying on my back I can't get up! My boyfriend says I'm like a turtle! I have to roll over on my side to get up. I can touch my toes standing up though, but not sitting down, and I can't do sit ups! But I'd trade all of those abilities any day for my lovely new back. Hope that helps :-) xxx

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    My comments are not really based on Jades story but more from the comment above from Samantha. My daughter is 12 and has Scoliosis, I enjoy watching the programmes that give information regarding surgery etc. Although my daughter has had two curves corrected throught posterior spinal fusion she still needs to wear a spinal brace to aid a third uncorrected curve from worsening as she matures, and may need further surgery. What I dont like from these kinds of stories is how they are sensationalised. Most scoliosis suffers have other associated problems, hence the need for surgery. I agree with teh comment above, using terms like "life threating" and "paralysis" etc makes good viewing and reading in the case of magazine articles but the reality is much more of a worry. Each scoliosis sufferers condition will be unique to them but will have many similarities to the next sufferer and I think its unfair to tell one sufferers story without pointing out that these associated complaints, possible assocaited conditions and worries are pretty much the same for all Scoliosis sufferers and should not be dramatised as much. This is a serious condition and I would never question that, but having been through a 9 hour operation, 3 days in intensive care, 4 blood transusions and 13 days in hopsital with my daughter I just get annoyed as we made no fuss and just got on with it, the reality is these surgeries are being carried out all over the country probably most days of the week, our child, brother or sister is not the only one to have the condition. Newpaper articles and magazines are the worst for it. Anyway mump over. Louise





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