Hello:

This is only my second time posting here and I don't know that I'll be following all the proper methods, but hopefully this is ok to ask... I live in the Seattle area and have already seen 3 surgeons. I talked to one who said the next places to look would be SF and Denver. I'm 48 y.o. and was in a Milwaukee brace from about age 12 y. 3 months to almost 15 y.o. I think my curve then was 37. I had an x-ray in November and it's now 62 thoracic and 45ish lumbar (depending upon who's reading it). I feel paralyzed. I don't want to make the wrong decision. I don't want fusion at all, but life right now is pretty miserable. Vicodin when I wake up and sitting on a heating pad as much as I can. Can anyone recommend a neurosurgeon in OR, CA, AZ, NM, CO, MT, ID (I think I hit all the PMW/Western/Southwestern states). I'm willing to travel for consults because I want to make the best decision.

Thank you in advance,

Suzanne