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Old Feb 19th 2011, 9:28 am
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Hi all,

I would be interested to hear whether this or something similar has happened to anyone.

My youngest has a slight curve to her spine that was only discovered at the medicals stage of our PR application. She is a very athletic child and there are no outward signs of this to the point where I am questioning whether the xray is that of my child!! Although this may just be denial

Apart from the obvious health worries about this, which I have now referred to our GP, I am now turning my attention to how this may be viewed by CHC and wonder whether anyone has been in a similar position where something like this has been discovered at medicals.

I have reseached on here and elsewhere on the net but cannot find anything on a similar vein, so any similar stories on how CHC dealt with them, or any info on how long it takes for extra medical reports to be requested would be really appreciated.

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Old Feb 19th 2011, 9:45 am
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I have a fairly pronounced inward curve to my lower spine. It has never given me any problems, other than my back aches a lot if I have to stand up for a very long time, ie at a concert.

The doctor at my medical felt very firmly down my spine and 'punched' me in this area. She didn't see it as a problem. This could be because I am an adult though, and any resulting problems would most likely have shown up by now.

I don't know how old your child is, but I would imagine any investigations would be to look at any the causes of this condition and the likliehood of an future problems. In my personal opinion, I really can't see this costing the health service the sort of money that would prevent your child from getting a visa.

It is really pot luck as to how thorough these meds are and what individual doctors see as issues.

You are right to get it checked out by your doctor though. I was just told how to look after my back that good posture is very important - but I am going back a few years now.
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Thank you for replying singingtree.

My daughter is 12 and so has not finished growing therefore this may be seen as a potential future problem - I wonder if CHC can refuse visa's on a condition that 'may' worsen even if the condition 'may' have always been there and will stay static.

I don't know. I guess I'll just have to wait and see - as you said a lot depends on the differing opinions of different doctors.
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Really, really can't see this as an issue. It's probably that the DP has no knowledge of the condition and wants a professional opinion (ie butt-covering). I saw a specialist when I was diagnosed (around 13/14) and he just gave me advice on caring for my back and said that if I look after myself it shouldn't give me too many problems.

I have always done sports without problems. The only sport which causes a bit of discomfort in that area is swimming (breast stroke), but I still swim two or three times a week.

Try not to worry.
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Also remember that if the doc doing your Medicaid finds anything that they think could even be potential health problem they have a duty of care to refer you back to your primary health care provider.

It doesn't mean that there is necessarily much wrong but they are obliged to
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Thank you both.

The concern regarding getting PR is all in my head the moment because my DMP is not aware of it yet as we had to go to another clinic for the xrays. I will find out on Monday whether we will have to go back to see him or a specialist. As for referrng it to the GP - that is also me. Probably panicking over nothing but I really would like to have her seen by a specialist just to double check.

Singintree- It is comforting to know that you were diagnosed at a similar age and have not suffered any long term affects. This is what I am hoping for my daughter.

Many thanks for your advice.
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Hi Rubie

I too have a curve in my spine (Scoliosis) which was picked up when I was about 16. This was back in the 80s. The curve was fairly pronounced and I had it braced for a couple of years to stop the curve from worsening whilst I finished growing.

I still have the curve and it doesn't really affect me in my day to day activities; even managed to have a couple of natural births! About the only thing I can't do is run; I can walk for miles but running immediatley gives me a stitch in my side.

A few years ago I went to see an Osteopath who also used to do a bit of work on my spine to try and keep some fluid movement in the lower spine. Something of interest they said was that had I seen them when I was a teenager when the curve was first picked up, they reckon they could have done wonders for my back in helping to straighten the spine. They didn't think too highly of the type of brace I had to wear. A trip to an osteopath may be something worth considering, particularly if the curve isn't too severe.

Well, we've been in Canada for over two years now. When we had our medicals, there was no mistaking my curve on the x-ray but no one ever thought it would be a problem as it proved not to be; it was never an issue I'm glad to say.

I really wouldn't think it would cause any problems, both in her life generally and in getting the OK to move over here.

I wish you all the best.
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Originally Posted by Rubie
Hi all,

I would be interested to hear whether this or something similar has happened to anyone.

My youngest has a slight curve to her spine that was only discovered at the medicals stage of our PR application. She is a very athletic child and there are no outward signs of this to the point where I am questioning whether the xray is that of my child!! Although this may just be denial

Apart from the obvious health worries about this, which I have now referred to our GP, I am now turning my attention to how this may be viewed by CHC and wonder whether anyone has been in a similar position where something like this has been discovered at medicals.

I have reseached on here and elsewhere on the net but cannot find anything on a similar vein, so any similar stories on how CHC dealt with them, or any info on how long it takes for extra medical reports to be requested would be really appreciated.

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There was an issue with my OH's medical - not spine related, it came as a complete shock to us as he has always been really healthy and of all the things that we had thought of that might prevent us getting PR - the medicals were not one of them. We were already firmly established in Canada at the time on work visas so the thought of having to sell up here and move back to the UK was not something we relished. CIC insisted that we get further tests done and send them the results, which we did. Happily it turned out that he was fine and CIC were happy to take a letter from a specialist to that effect as sufficient. We got our PR, the letter asking for further tests came quite quickly if I remember - so if you don't hear from them in a few weeks it likely means that they are OK with the results.

Good luck.
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Thank you Thornes and Gerchinov, your stories certainly make me feel more optimistic about the whole thing. I guess as you said Gerchinov, I never thought my youngest would ever give me any concern with regards to medicals.

I think it would be very difficult if we were already living in Canada and I was worried about having to move back to the UK. At the moment I can focus on my daughters health, and although I am worried about not getting PR, this comes secondary by a mile. However this is made easier because I am this side of the atlantic.

Thanks again for your views and best wishes for us.
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Originally Posted by Rubie
Thank you for replying singingtree.

My daughter is 12 and so has not finished growing therefore this may be seen as a potential future problem - I wonder if CHC can refuse visa's on a condition that 'may' worsen even if the condition 'may' have always been there and will stay static.

I don't know. I guess I'll just have to wait and see - as you said a lot depends on the differing opinions of different doctors.
Coincidentally we are going through a similar thing. My son is 12 and waiting to see a consultant next month. Funnily enough it was not picked up when we had our medicals in April 09, so we are hoping it wasnt evident then, as it is very evident now. We started to notice his curve around Oct 09, but we thought he was just being lazy with his posture.

From what I can gather treatment if any depends on the degree of the curve and I believe on the growth of it or the rapidness it curves.
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Coincidentally we are going through a similar thing. My son is 12 and waiting to see a consultant next month. Funnily enough it was not picked up when we had our medicals in April 09, so we are hoping it wasnt evident then, as it is very evident now. We started to notice his curve around Oct 09, but we thought he was just being lazy with his posture.

From what I can gather treatment if any depends on the degree of the curve and I believe on the growth of it or the rapidness it curves.
Mmmmm.... I have nothing to go by as my daughter has never had an xray done before. I certainly can't notice anything wrong with her posture or spine externally, then again I am not a doctor!

You are right about the treatment - I have researched this thing to death now though I am not sure the internet is a good thing in this scenario.

Thank you for posting your experience and fingers crossed everything goes well for your son.

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I discovered that my nose had been broken at some point; fortunately that doesn't seem to affect immigration.
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Originally Posted by Rubie
Thank you for replying singingtree.

My daughter is 12 and so has not finished growing therefore this may be seen as a potential future problem - I wonder if CHC can refuse visa's on a condition that 'may' worsen even if the condition 'may' have always been there and will stay static.

I don't know. I guess I'll just have to wait and see - as you said a lot depends on the differing opinions of different doctors.
As I understand it, Canada are interested mainly in the strain on their NHS system. I don't think people get flat refused a visa for medical problems, but rather VO will write to them asking to show how they will fund any excessive medical needs?

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Thank you for all of your input at what has been quite a worrying time for me on a couple of fronts but seems as though I have been worrying unnecessarily. Shows that sometimes a little information can be a dangerous thing.

My DMP seems to think it is nothing to worry about and the curve is within normal limits and could be postural. (I think because this was a chest xray, not a specific spinal xray).

We are going to see our GP anyway who incidentally has already seen the report and also thinks it is me over-reacting. He is going to examine her anyway just to put my mind at rest. Hopefully it is what they both said and nothing to worry about.

Anyway. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experiences with me as it helped me to put this issue into perspective.

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