Living with Scoliosis. Share the highs and lows of your life and how you cope with Scoliosis. This blog is dedicated to Scoliosis patients worldwide, we have a few authors who will also bring you information from the world of Scoliosis. We will discuss pain relief, surgery, bracing, adolescent and adult scoliosis. I am a patient with a Harrington Rod, I am post surgery 20 years (2009), I like to share my Scoliosis ups and downs with you.
iScoliosis recently published an article in relation to: Pulmonary function after less invasive anterior instrumentation and fusion for idiopathic thoracic scoliosis Published: 21 August 2013
Purpose: Standard thoracotomy for anterior instrumentation and fusion of the thoracic
spine in idiopathic scoliosis may have detrimental effects on pulmonary function.
In this study we describe a less invasive anterior surgical technique and show the
pre- and postoperative pulmonary function with a minimum follow-up of 2 years.
Twenty patients with Lenke type 1 adolescent thoracic idiopathic scoliosis were treated
with anterior spinal fusion and instrumentation. The mean preoperative Cobb angle
of the thoracic curve was 53[degree sign] +/- 5.8. Pulmonary function tests (PFT)
and radiographic evaluation was performed.
The mean postoperative correction in Cobb angle of the thoracic curve was 27[degree
sign] +/- 8.2 (49%).
The mean preoperative FEV1 was 2.81 +/- 0.43 L, which increased to 3.14 +/- 0.50 L
at 2 years postoperatively (P = 0.000). The mean FEV1% did not change (89.60 +/- 7.49%
preoperatively, versus 90.53 +/- 5.95% at 2 years follow-up, P = 0.467). The TLC increased
from 4.62 +/- 0.62 L preoperatively to 5.17 +/- 0.63 L at 2 years follow-up (P = 0.000).
The FEV1% at two years of follow-up improved to 104% of the FEV1% predicted value.
The FEV1 improved to 97% of the FEV1 predicted value.
Anterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis by means of a minimal open thoracotomy
proved to be a safe surgical technique that resulted in an improvement of pulmonary
function. Our results are similar to those of thoracoscopic procedures reported in
Download this article about pulmonary function after less invasive anterior instrumentation and fusion for idiopathic thoracic scoliosis as a pdf
I was writing on my website yesterday about Flavonoids and I quote "Many flavonoids, as in parsley, have a diuretic action; some as in licorice, are antispasmodic and anti inflammatory; others are antiseptic."
Anyway, my period started 2 days ago and I was feeling good about that because usually I have immense pain from my Scoliosis when my period comes and because it was day 2 and I had, had no pain I was feeling really happy about that and I wondered if that had anything to do with the licorice I had been eating the week leading up to my period?
The happy times didn't last long as last night the pain was soooooo awful and I didn't know what to do with myself, shifting around in my seat, then standing up and walking around with my hands grasping my lower back, then the tears came, but I wasn't crying (if you know what I mean), the pain was so intense that water just started coming from my eyes, I am in too much pain to actually cry - that would jar my back too much…
I have been receiving many emails about memory foam and whether it actually works.
I will let you into the secrets of my good night's sleep and what I think about memory foam and why it has helped me so much, for starters I no longer sleep with Valium, I simply don't need it.
The memory foam that I sleep on was invented by a guy in the UK, who, unfortunately does not have the dollars behind him that his competitors like Tempur do, therefore he has not been as recognised as a brand name like he should have been - it's all down to money, and what a shame that is.
I have heard great reports about Tempur mattresses and I have tried one, however, I have to say that their product is not as wonderful as the OroMed Sleep System that I use - you understand that this is MY personal opinion and I am entitled to have one ;)
I started my quest for memory foam 4 years ago, I just couldn't sleep and was getting beyond my tether of walking around the house at night in tears because I was …
Clothes shopping for people who have Scoliosis has always been an issue, either you hide away from the public or you let it all hang out, whichever one you are you are reminded that you have Scoliosis when you go to the shops for new clothes, majority of us come home depressed. Clothes shopping with Scoliosis is a constatnt reminder that we are more curvier than most!!!!
We have been discussing clothes and rib humps and scars on the group, and we have some very interesting views to clothes and Scoliosis.
Unfortunately, there are many Scoliosis patients out there who are not quite as aggressive as myself as I tend to run with the attitude of "who cares what others think of me, I have Scoliosis, so what!", I wear up to date fashion and I don't let my Scoliosis dictate what I can and cannot wear to some extents, of course I don't wear what I am uncomfortable in or what does not suit me but I certainly will not shy away from going to the beach because of my lopsided-ness, …