So I'm 18 and have scheuermann's kyphosis with a 85% curvature in my upper back. I used to snowboard professionally and had a number of sponsors, but as my back got worse it messed up my balance and the pain was too much to even participate. I was doing physical therapy then I was referred to a spinal doctor because the PT thought my kyphosis was too severe to be helped with physical therapy or bracing. I got an MRI and the doc said I'm probably going to need surgery. The surgery would consist of them cutting me open and putting in metal rods. xxxx that. My question is for the people that having been dealing with chronic pain for a while, what do you do to manage it? What medications have a good ratio of effectiveness to side effects? Enlighten me, what would you do if you were me?========== Spine-Health Moderator Input ============
1. Read the FAQ and Forum Rules. Vulgarity is not accepted here, your inappropriate word was x'x out
2. If you are not happy with the spine doctor's action based on your MRI, you should seek a second opinion
3. If surgery is a must, you need to know all the Pro's Con's , Do's and Dont's regarding surgery and recovery
4. Managing your pain, involves various medications and other actions. View the FAQ to see "The Blend"