Re: My latest appt
That is good news! I agree it's best not to have an x-ray unless there's a real need for one. It sounds like your consultant was great at explaining stuff, which is nice to see! It's good to have some perspective regarding lumbar pain - most of the population suffer from this at some point - and sadly if your spine is curved then the extra pressure on your discs will make you more susceptible to disc degeneration, so this is something we have to deal with whether we have surgery or not. Keeping your core strong can help protect your remaining lumbar discs, as you know.
I'm so glad that you're doing a lot better now I'm unsure about follow-ups these days as I don't have them, but you shouldn't have a problem getting one organised if you need one.
37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.