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Scoliosis.... let's wait and see approach.

Posted by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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Would you wait and see if your child was diagnosed with this problem?

Apparently that's what my daughters' doctor felt was the right plan of action. But I have doubts.

She is 10 yrs old and otherwise a healthy child. She had her well visit today and this was discovered during her visit. He wants her to return in 6 months to see if it has progressed or not. But I'm wondering if it's better that she sees a specialist now? I have to say, this really has me worried. I was expecting an easy visit and clean bill of health ( as usual ).

Has anyone had this experience with there child? Did it progress? What did you do?

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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Gina_C
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM
I honestly don't know enough about it to even give an opinion. But I will say this, if you have questions and don't have a complete warm and fuzzy about what her doc says, then by all means get a second opinion. I think that's what I would do in this situation
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yperez0209
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Thank you for your opinion. I guess I'm a bit confused and in shock about it. I need to get some opinions from other moms that have lived through this because I'm also worried about taking her to a specialist and her getting over treated. It's so hard somethings to figure out what's the right thing to do. I want to believe in her doctors recommendations but I know this can progress and get worse. I don't know what to do right now.

Quoting Gina_C:

I honestly don't know enough about it to even give an opinion. But I will say this, if you have questions and don't have a complete warm and fuzzy about what her doc says, then by all means get a second opinion. I think that's what I would do in this situation


Gina_C
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM
Yes this is the hard part about being a mom.. Always second guessing our decisions. Good luck to you!


Quoting yperez0209:

Thank you for your opinion. I guess I'm a bit confused and in shock about it. I need to get some opinions from other moms that have lived through this because I'm also worried about taking her to a specialist and her getting over treated. It's so hard somethings to figure out what's the right thing to do. I want to believe in her doctors recommendations but I know this can progress and get worse. I don't know what to do right now.


Quoting Gina_C:

I honestly don't know enough about it to even give an opinion. But I will say this, if you have questions and don't have a complete warm and fuzzy about what her doc says, then by all means get a second opinion. I think that's what I would do in this situation



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comptonkids
by Gold Member on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM
A friend of mine has scoliosis
I don't know when she was diagnosed or what the early treatments were

She is in her 30s now as recently had surgery to straighten her spine, which included fusing metal rods
Not very fun

I think, since she was JUST diagnosed with it, I'd wait the 6 months

It's not going to drastically change or anything
Did the doctor say how bad it was?
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CoeyG
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

No, the wait and see approach is best at this time.  Don't forget puberty is coming around and I have a feeling that is what the doctor is looking for.  He wants to see if there are any changes that would warrant seeing a specialist.  I have mild scoliosis have had it all my life and have never had any problems from it.  The only real reason she would need to see a specialist would be it were an extreme case and would require surgery.  

yperez0209
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I'll tell you, I was in shock when he told me....that I didn't even ask that question. All the questions came to me after I left the office.

He did have her bend down and touch her toes while I was standing behind her and I was able to clearly see that the left side of her back is higher then the left. It was lopsided.

I felt so sorry for her. You never want your kids to suffer but this I cannot protect her from. But I want to do whatever is in my power to help her. It stinks that it started so young because she has so many yrs of growing ahead of her. Some kids don't start until they reach like 14 or 15, but unfortunately hers started early. I wish there was an easy answer.

I have to really think about this. 

Quoting comptonkids:

A friend of mine has scoliosis
I don't know when she was diagnosed or what the early treatments were

She is in her 30s now as recently had surgery to straighten her spine, which included fusing metal rods
Not very fun

I think, since she was JUST diagnosed with it, I'd wait the 6 months

It's not going to drastically change or anything
Did the doctor say how bad it was?


tanya_marieh
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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I would not wait, I would be at the chiropractor with them asap.  I already take my girls in to the chiro and will watch them for scoliosis because my mom has it really bad and it can affect girls and it usually skips a generation.

yperez0209
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Thank you so much for your  experience. It's encouraging to hear that it didn't really affect your quality of life.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her back. I have my reservations about moving forward with a specialist at this point.

Quoting CoeyG:

No, the wait and see approach is best at this time.  Don't forget puberty is coming around and I have a feeling that is what the doctor is looking for.  He wants to see if there are any changes that would warrant seeing a specialist.  I have mild scoliosis have had it all my life and have never had any problems from it.  The only real reason she would need to see a specialist would be it were an extreme case and would require surgery.  


CoeyG
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM


Quoting yperez0209:

Thank you so much for your  experience. It's encouraging to hear that it didn't really affect your quality of life.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her back. I have my reservations about moving forward with a specialist at this point.

Quoting CoeyG:

No, the wait and see approach is best at this time.  Don't forget puberty is coming around and I have a feeling that is what the doctor is looking for.  He wants to see if there are any changes that would warrant seeing a specialist.  I have mild scoliosis have had it all my life and have never had any problems from it.  The only real reason she would need to see a specialist would be it were an extreme case and would require surgery.  


There are various degrees o f the problem.  Mine was mild.  Obviously the doctor seems to think your daughter's is mild right now, she is still growing and her body is constantly changing and sometimes what is done today could wind up with her having problems later on.  I suspect this is why the doctor wants to wait and see.  If it isn't bother her right now then there is no reason to do anything.  

shamroc374
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM
My nephew is 9 and the doctor noticed he had scoliosis last year. His doctor had him wait for 6 months to see if there were any changes or if it stayed the same. Once the doctor discovered it, we realized it was very noticeable. He just had his 6 month recheck and it has not changed. He said that was a good sign because it had not gotten worse. He went to a specialist and the specialist said to wait and see for 6 more months. I would say wait it out.
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