Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Simon has scoliosis. He has a %20 curvature of the spine. He has an MRI scheduled on the 13th of Feb to make sure there isn't any underlying cause. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic. If that comes back fine, then he will get x-rayed every 6 months to make sure the curvature doesn't progress. If it gets worse, like up to %25, they will put him in a brace. Sounds simple but not really. If they put him in a brace he has to wear it 18 hours a day until the spine is mature. He'd even wear it to bed.

I am a little freaked out but all we can do is move forward. He doesn't seem to be to upset about this but we talked about it before we went to the doctor. We talked about what they were looking at and why, he'd probably get an x-ray, etc.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed that this isn't a big deal!!


Samantha said...

Yikes! We'll keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't get any worse, and there's no brace in his future. I just can't imagine him pinned down in a brace!

woman at the well said...

Oh, Ellen, that's what I was afraid of, once you mentioned it to me. At least you know and can track it. It is hard to imagine Simon pinned down in a brace. Is there anything that can be done in the meantime?

Coni Nelson said...

Wow Ellen. That is a tough one. We will keep our fingers crossed. This is something that may not be fun, but hopefully correctable over the long haul.

Simon is lucky to have a mom like you!!

ellen said...

IF he had to have a brace it wouldn't mean the end of the world. He could take it off for sports stuff. I do hope we don't have to go there though.

The doctor didn't give me any preventative suggestions. I am going to try and make Simon watch his posture as much as I can. It couldn't hurt, right?

Amy said...

Ugh - sorry to hear about this, Ellen! KEeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't get any worse. For what it's worth - my brother had very slight curvature also and it never came to anything. It never got that bad and he didn't have to have a brace. Hopefully that will be Simon's fate also!