Re: Women: What age did you stop growing taller and stop progressing?
Baha oh Tiff, you're gonna be a giant if they ever straighten those curves of yours!
I wish I had any idea how much I grew/would have grown etcetc. My curve appeared and worsened with incredible speed, and was at 90 degrees in what can not have been more than two years. Because my curve was so big no-one ever stopped to consider Risser scales or how much growth I might have left, because I was losing height so damn fast! This all happened when I was 13/14 (I was diagnosed when I turned 14 by which time the curve must have already been heading for 70 if it wasn't already) so I guess I never really got a chance to see what a proper growth spurt looked like!*
I'm sure I must still have about an inch worth of height left in my (now fused) spine. Standing, I am still about 2cm taller than my younger sister (who is 16), but we have this picture of the 4 of us siblings sitting on log that we take in the same place whenever we visit a certain park. I'm the second eldest, my sister is second youngest and there is a brother either side of us...up until the most recent photo, the heights worked down in a line from tallest/oldest to shortest/youngest. Now my sister is taller than me in this photo, meaning my extra height that makes me taller than her must be in my legs, which must be out of proportion in some height to my torso!
*until that is I grew 3 inches in a 7 hour operation
Diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis on the 10th April 2007. Seen at the Child Development Centre at the Medway Maritime Hospital on 18th June – then referred to Mr Noordeen at the RNOH Stanmore. Seen by consultant on the 13th July – x-rays revealed 77o thoracolumbar curve and severe rotation. Surgery planned in 6 months – had surgery on 26th November 2007. Admitted for pre-op on 23rd – stayed in over the weekend. Curve then 90o, suffering from pain and reduced lung function. Moved from HDU to ward after 24hrs, then into isolation for suspected infection after 3 days. Symptoms turned out to be a bad reaction to antibiotics.