I'm a newbie here, just thought I'd stop by and say hello and introduce myself.
I'm female, 48, and have scoliosis (wore a Milwaukee brace for several years in adolescence), kyphosis, degenerative disk disease in both neck and lower back, arthritis -- well, just all kinds of screwed up spine-wise!
I'm scheduled for cervical fusion surgery on April 15, although there is a chance it may be moved up to April 12 (please, God!). The degeneration in my neck is compromising my spinal cord and causing pain (sometimes quite severe -- had a killer bout of it the last couple of days, but better today), so the doc is going to do three fusions -- C4-C7. I am praying this will give me the major relief I desperately need.
I'm glad I found this site -- while of course I'll address major questions to my doc, I'm sure I'll be needing some "been there, done that" encouragement from other folks who have been down this path before me!