I am a 22 year old girl and have been suffering from Scheuermann's (Scheuermann's disease, or Scheuermann's kyphosis, is a condition in which the normal roundback in the upper spine (called a kyphosis) is increased. Most people with Scheuermann's disease will have an increased roundback (e.g. a hunch back or hump back)) for most of my life.
I was officially diagnosed when I was 17 but knew I had it before then because my brother had been diagnosed a few years before me. The degree of my curve was around 75* (can't remember exactly) but it was enough to qualify for surgery. I have had terrible back pain daily that has gotten significantly worse over the past few years. I have been considering surgery for some time now and had started the process of seeing a doctor and finding out my options when I was 18 but my dad didn't want me to have the surgery so I backed out. I am now going to see a doctor and find out my options at this time. I was told before by the doctor that since I was done growing, wearing a brace wouldn't do me any good. As I'm sure anyone could imagine, the emotional pain I have felt growing up with this problem is almost worse than the physical pain I am feeling. I want more than anything to have my back look "normal".
What I'd really like is to hear from others who have had a spinal correctional surgery. For this disease or similar others. I want to know the pros and cons, if it was worth it, if it gave them the results they were desiring, and what my recovery might be like. I need to find out as much info as possible as I realize how serious and major this type of surgery would be.
Any thought, experiences and opinions are welcome. Thank you!