Post Edited (PAlady) : 8/18/2010 12:55:01 PM (GMT-6)
Hey there! I am so sorry for my late response to your thread! Back to school is always such a busy time here. I hope you are doing okay *hugg* You sound pretty stressed out. Oh boy oh boy if I were in your shoes I would be stressed out to no end!
I do not know anything about the surgery you had performed. But I know a LOT about scoliosis. I dont want to stress you out... but you said you had fusion of some sort of your bottom vertebre? Is the "scoliosis" probably right above it. I dont want to scare you but I think its important that you know why scoliosis is a big deal, even "mild".
To be calssified as scoliosis you have to meet two basic critera. First and for most is rotation on the verticle axis. It means that there is enough degeneration to allow vertebre to "rotate". The second classification is if your curve is over 10 degree cobb. Even though you do not "see" what they are talking about just from viewing the x rays, it is still pretty improtant. Once scoliosis starts, even if it is what is terms as "age related / degenerative" scoliosis, it can cause a whole heck of alot of problems. If it is "mild".. to the naked eye it might just look like a slight tilt. But ,in all reality, by the time it is termed "degenerative scoliosis" it has done a number on the bottom vertebre in the "curvature". Are you sure that the "stenosis" isnt caused from your curvature? I have areas of narrowing, both at my major curve points. Here is some info you might find useful.
I sure am sorry you are going through so much right now. I do hope you can get to the bottom of things quickly. Try to rest as much as your body will let you. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Having rotation in your thoracic vertebre is hard. I developed a secondary dextroscoliosis from T4 to T9 and it is having a feild day. Not a very good area at all. Hopefully just the individual vertabre with the degeneration damage can be repaired and/or treated. If not the advances in scoliosis correction have come a long way. "espine" has alot of informaiton on scoliosis correction surgeries. Not sure why your MRI didnt pick up on the scoliosis? Did anyone mention what your Cobb Angle was?
I hope the appointment with the Ortho goes well. I know you have alot on yoru plate right now, but try to find a few moments for some much needed rest. You are in our hearts here