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sudden onset of kyphosis...whats happened?
Anon_160271 posted:
I, carried quite a lot of quite heavy objects dow to my shed a year ago,5 months later id lost one and a half inches in height.I have no real pain

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davedsel responded:
Hello and welcome.

We are not doctors nor can we even begin to guess what has caused your symptoms. The fact that you say you lost 1.5 inches in five months is one of the items you need to discuss with your doctor. You need to start with your primary doctor, who may deem it worthy for you to have at least x-rays of your spine, preferably a ct scan or MRI. This diagnostic testing will help your doctor develop an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. You may need to see a spine specialist such as a spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal neurosurgeon for these or further testing.

Losing height over time is a natural occurrence with aging. I was 6' 2" tall in high school, but with time and all my spinal problems I have shrunk to 5' 10" tall. It happens to everyone even without spinal problems.

I hope your doctor(s) can help you find the answers you are seeking.
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davedsel replied to davedsel's response:
One think I forgot - the term "kyphosis" refers to the curvature of the middle section (thorasic) of your spine. Are you saying your spine now also has more of an outward curve? Another good item to discuss with your doctor.
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flissface replied to davedsel's response:
thanks for your response dave,i have been fighting an uphill battle at mydoctors,first of all i was told that " they dont normally x ray spines!??? what! I actually had to go to A&E myself to get one done.the kyphosis is quite pronounced,and i find it very difficult to breathe.Having looked on the NHS wbsite,i found a sttatement that said if the kyphosis is cauasing breathing problems,the treatment has to be spinal fusion....i put this to my GP and he said "we dont do that"??? and sent me for physio once a month,with some exercises to do..I have visited an osteopath several times and he stretches my spine a bit which helps,but only for a week or so.I was also told i couldnt have a spinal brace as it wouldnt do any now i cant walk or balance properly.I am so very frightened especially as i live alone and have no family support...from being an active energetic woman i have become unsteady and unable to do hardly any of the things i took for granted only 6 months ago...and i am now housebound...I have to find a more helpful GP somehow before i end up bedbound,too! can hardly get out of bed as it is now....and i still have no pain ,no compression fractures or herniated discs i am totally bewildered
flissface replied to flissface's response:
and how ccould i forget THIS bit...sincethis all started my voice has become very hoarse and hands an wrists are getting weaker and hair and skin are becoming dry and coarse,also my core temperature is consistently below 35 degrees throughout the day,my muscles are weak,not helped by being unable to walk...I feel something endocrine is going onmhypothyroid or some sort of adrenal fatigue,again,i have been told that this cannot be,as an initial thyroid test appeared to be within a normal range.I know that subclinical hypothyroidism can easily not be picked up as the initial test may not have been sensitive enough to pick it up,im running out of energy to keep battling on,ive neverr felt like this in my life!
trs1960 replied to flissface's response:
35C? That's 95 F so it should be below?.. Hypothyroid tests are pretty sensitive, but you obvious Ly have things going on and need answers. I think you need to start with new doctors that don't have a biased opinion about you. The kyphosis I would say you need orthopedic, but everything else points to an internalist

Maybe a physiatrist, but I'm just guessing. My point is you need fresh opinions!

Best of luck to you

aprilrose9 replied to flissface's response:

I think Tim and Dave gave good advice. This sounds like unrelated problems. It sounds like you are in the U.K. medical system. If this is correct, I know trying to get medical appointments is different than the U.S.

Your vocal, dermatological, and fatigue symptoms sound like seeing your equivalent of an internal medicine specialist could be in order. Your medical issues vs your spine, appear to be the most important at this time.

Push to be seen and don't let them ignore your problems. What does it take to get someone to come to your home on one of your worse days? If you become an emergent patient...they can't ignore you. Just an idea.

Hope you get some help.

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