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Old 09-01-2018, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I know scoliosis is when the backbone is curved, but Dowager's Hump is what it's called when a person hunches over.
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Old 09-01-2018, 11:05 PM
 
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Scoliosis. Not all curved spines have the problem in the center of the back. Some have a curve in the neck. It's more noticeable in the elderly but sometimes it's a hereditary condition.
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Old 09-02-2018, 06:25 AM
 
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It’s called kyphosis, and it’s from osteoporosis. My mother looks like the hunchback of Notte Dame from this. Taking my calcium and hoping for the best!
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:05 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Yep, osteoporosis is the original culprit. It usually happens when the person is rather small-boned to start with, because they do not have as much"structure" to their bones and it's easier for these smaller bones to deteriorate with age. The upper vertebrae are really susceptible to this and as they crunch down, the spine starts curving. Nothing you can do at that point.
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Old 09-02-2018, 02:50 PM
 
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My mother-dearest, with her diet of coffee and cigarettes (and very little else) had a severe hump and I'm sure osteoporosis. (We didn't discuss health or much else).
On a rare visit with her (and I always tried to be pleasant) I noticed her back forthe first time and expressed dismayed sympathy. With typical kindness she cursed me with "YOUR DAY IS COMING". I've been on calcium supplements ever since.
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