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21st July 2004, 02:38 PM
Been to see the respiratory consultant this morning to get the results and have a consultation on my lung capacity. Lung capacity ok its just above average for my age and height. Which is major good news as i was not looking forward to those results because of the breathing difficulties i have been having (which still remains a mystery). So i have stopped smoking, the doc said that i have done very little if no damage to my lungs from smoking which is kind of an insentitive to keep going although i have fallen of the wagon a few times, had probably 10 fags in the last three weeks which is like a miracle for me.
The nasty little man (orthopedic consultant) who saw me a few weeks ago has rediagnosed me with Kyphoscoliosis so they took some blood samples and will get back to me if they are any problems with them.
So they are doing nothing about my curves, nothing about my pain and do not know why i am having breathing problems (but my lungs are undamaged which is a massive relief).
21st July 2004, 03:47 PM
Great news about your lung capacity, but do I hope you're able to find out why you've been having problems!
Can you get a second opinion re: your kyphoscoliosis? It seems to me that there's a lottery going on regarding the quality of healthcare going on in this country.....I've recently switched GPs from one in London to one in Sheffield. This has meant the difference between getting an appointment at a gynae clinic for 7th September (Sheffield), and having to wait until next year for an appointment date (London). Crapola.
21st July 2004, 03:55 PM
Great news about your lung capacity.
I agree with Toni, you should track down another orthopaedic consultant and get a more satisfactory diagnosis.
21st July 2004, 04:21 PM
That's good news about your lung capacity, Mark. Also that you're trying to stop smoking! :niceone:
21st July 2004, 04:37 PM
It's good news on the lung capacity Mark.Keep battling to give up the cigarettes.....don't worry if you fall off the wagon on occasion, you can get back on again.
I hate the diagnosis Kyphoscoliosis........one doctor told me I had it although I have no kyphosis that can be seen.A Scheuermann's Kyphosis is different from kyphoscoliosis so I wish he'd make up his mind.From the pics I've seen of you scoliosis ain't your main problem.
Have you made any progress in locating a consultant who might be more experienced in spinal curvature?Has you GP got any ideas?
21st July 2004, 04:58 PM
Gps no good just seems to refer people to Sunderland which is part of the same health authority and is a crap hospital with crap consultants (apart from the respiratory staff who were all very kind and supportive and took time to explain things and talk to me rather down at me)
Emailed that contact you gave me sins have,nt had a response as yet. I agree with you sins i can not see any signs of scoliosis it must of shown up on the x rays. Which i have,nt seen and if i am entitled to them i may request they hand them over to me and start hunting around. Can not wait till iget my computer back working at home its been a few months since i broke the internal modem but i have been told that if i get broad band i don't need one as the modem is external so i should get some thing sorted soon.
Toni my brother has been to to see a consultant in Sheffield for a sporting related back injury (he has a straight back and sign of any curves at all) i think it wa a nuero surgeon who specialises in treating back problems. And i hope your trip to gods country (i mean Yorkshire) goes very well and i wil be thinking of you on the 7th of September
22nd July 2004, 07:53 PM
I was diagnosed as kyphoscoliosis by Mr Webb, even though the only reason there was a kyphosis was because the first surgeon fused me like it :soapbox: It's one of the reasons it can be so hard as a lay person to make sense of these things.
Really great news on the lung capacity though :D And keep at it with the giving up - it doesn't matter if you fall off the wagon occasionally as long as you get back on it :-)
22nd July 2004, 08:03 PM
thats good theres nothing wrong with your lungs!
23rd July 2004, 01:35 AM
Okay, now I'm really confused... what's wrong with being diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis?
23rd July 2004, 04:09 AM
Great news on the lung capacity. And congrats for doing so well to quit smoking.
23rd July 2004, 10:08 AM
Nothing wrong with being diagnosed with Kyphoscoliosis if that's what you've got!!
I was once diagnosed with Kyphoscoliosis when all I've got is plain old scoliosis.
I was just noticing that Mark was initially diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis and now it's changed to Kyphoscoliosis.It gets confusing :D
23rd July 2004, 05:02 PM
Mark - good to hear your lungs are OK, I'm happy for you.
Sins - I'm also getting confused now, I thought Scheuermann's and Kyphosis were the same. What's the difference between the two?
23rd July 2004, 05:38 PM
Can I link you to an excellent site called spineuniverse.com which explains the criteria for diagnosing scheuermann's.There's also a link in the medical forum.
With kyphoscoliosis,there is usually a scoliosis with the spine curving to the side with an element of kyphosis with the spine curving to the back.
26th July 2004, 06:31 AM
I am so proud of you for quitting smoking! I turly commend anyone who does that, espicailly since you just had a baby.... keep it up.. your daughter will most likely thank you. I wish my dad would just quit!
26th July 2004, 05:26 PM
Thank you for the link, you've been very helpfull.
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