Wednesday, 13 January 2010

The Elephant in the Room

If you are reading this then I am kind of assuming you are up to date with the pretty big decision I am in the process of making just now...

If not then here it is in a nutshell - I have to decide whether or not to have surgery for a spinal condition that has plagued me since it was discovered at a school medical when I was 11 years old.

It's scoliosis - and it means my spine is S shaped. You may or may not have noticed I am ridiculously short waisted and have what to me is a pretty prominent "rib hump". I am also in a lot of pain most of the time...

As a child/teenager it was a pain - shoulder straps slipped off and bras didn't fit properly. As I have gotten older it's been an increasing issue - cosmetically as it becomes harder to find clothes to fit - and physically as the pain gets worse and movement becomes more difficult....

And so - decision time! I went along to a conference for people with scoliosis. I listened to a presentation. I thought maybe I could get some better pain relief.... I was referred to Stanmore and after a wait I saw a consultant who suggested surgery is an option....

And then I had scans and rays and bone density tests...and to cut a complicated story short I saw the consultant again - privately this time - and discovered surgery is still an option but a much more complicated one than I had at first thought....

So - the next post will ask you all (and as yet there are no "you all...") how you even begin to make such a decison......

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