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My sweet and short story: Found out I had scoliosis when I was 13. Wore Milwaukee Brace for 2 years. Horrible for this shy 9th grade girl. My parents gave up fighting me about it in 11th grade. In my early 20's I began having back pain...had Herrington Rod at 25 years old. Lower fusion didn't take and I had rod removed at 26 years old. One year of horrible pain. Back pain off and on until I was about 30 years old. Since then (I'm 51 now) every year got worse as far as pain. Living on 4-6 Advil a day but still couldn't go to mall, sit at my desk at work, etc. for long because of pain. Now I find out my spine is narrowing, I have degenerative disc disease and am having fusion of L1-S1 on March 16. I'm scared, anxious, nervous, yet...hoping I will be pain free and living a quality of life like I have never had. The surgery in 1983 was a tough one...lots of pain. On pain pills for a solid year and a half. Of course I've been on Norco now since August and that bothers me. Just hoping I will do good and heal correctly. I look forward to reading your stories about survival. =D> LOL