Well, I saw the ortho surgeon today, who said my pain isn't bad enough, my curve is balanced and my life isn't impaired enough for surgery. His recommendations were to take OTC meds for pain, continue with weight-bearning exercise and yoga, and whatever helps the pain.

So the questions are:

Is the risk/pain of surgery & recovery WORSE than a lifetime of mild but chronic back pain??

If the surgeon that my insurance covers says he *doesn't* recommend it, but I still want it, can I ask him to do it?

I still plan on getting a second opinion...Anyone else been through this??