note: I tried posting this in the scoliosis forum twice, it keeps saying access denied for some reason. Forgive me if this is a dupe.
I read here
that for adults with scoliosis, "only the patients with the most severe symptoms and marked activity limitations should consider surgery."
So I guess I'm looking for clarification on where that line is. Let me tell you about my condition first, and then about my pain.
I'm a 30 year old male with a 55 degree thoracic curve, and 45 degree lumbar curve (I did the math once and found that this degree happens in less than 1 out of 10000 men, lucky me). Ten years ago my thoracic curve was 45 degrees, so it certainly seems to me that it's advancing one degree per year. My doctor said the odds of this not progressing are very low. I have read that surgery is generally recommended for people with degrees over 50, since they usually progress. Despite that, one doctor discouraged from seeking surgery because the pain was not so bad.
So let me tell you about my pain. Most of the time it's tolerable at a 2 or 3 out of 10, but I believe that is due to my sedentary lifestyle. At work I just sit at a desk and lean back because it's less painful. I don't think I could sit upright/vertical for 8 hours. However, I have found that after standing for about five hours, the pain reaches a 6 out of 10, and I eventually have to stop whatever I'm doing to lie down.
So here is what I'm asking:
How much pain from scoliosis would justify seeking surgery?
For people who had the scoliosis surgery due to the pain, how much chronic pain did you have on a scale from 0 to 10?
Do you think that not being able to stand/work for > 5 hours due to pain constitutes "marked activity limitations"?