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Things we learn from scans not cancer related

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dhs1963
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I like to look at my scans.  I think it is really interesting to ready the Dr.'s assessment.  Of course, the initial focus is on things that are cancerous.  Next, I look at my Nephrectomy scare, as it is still healing at 13 months.

Then I look at other things....One thing I learned this week is I have developed scolliosis.  I do not know how long I have had it, but it can explain some up the upper body pain I have had.  

I have also learned that no matter how tired I am, Mr. Wiggles (thanks FOX) is always metabolically active.

I also like to look at the sore areas (I know where they are) on my CT scan to see if anything is causing them.  

Anyway, this is off topic.  But there are advantages to having cancer....Data is fun.  (said the scientist).

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icemantoo
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Joined: Jan 2010

dhs,

 

Scoliosis (excessive curvature of the spine) is something you develope as a teenager and can cause problems later on if intervention is necessary when you are young, but not done. That being said almost everyone has scoliosis and it becomes a concern when the angle of scoliosis exceeds 15 or 20 degrees. Nowdays they watch the progression on a teenager and if necessary use a back brace or if real serious surgery.

About 30 years ago I was trained as a scoliosis screener and the real serious cases were easy to identify even by a layman  or should I say Iceman.

 

 

Your GP hould be able to interpret your Scoliosis diagnosis. If it is above his paygrade he will refer you to an Orthopedic Surgeon (not necessarily for surgery unless it is serious).

 

 

Icemantoo

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Texas_wedge
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The things we don't know about people!  You seem to have had some interesting career changes - iceman, medical screener, lawyer - anything else, iceman, in those - now 70 - years?!

So no-one worries unnecessarily, scoliosis is a lateral curvature (rarely debilitating, I believe) as opposed to kypho-lordosis - the excessive hollowing of the lower back and the forward stoop of the upper spine we all tend to get when we get old and which aren't helped by the amount of time many of us spend at desks, computer or otherwise.

 

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icemantoo
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I do travel. You can read about some of my adventures and misadventures in Tripadvisor where I post as Thorntree and I am one of the Destination Experts for Algonquin Park, Ontario. I also have a few Facebook entries under the group Meanest Link where I have honourary Meanest Linker status.

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