Well, I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was around 14 and I'm 18 now. When I was 16, after noticing that my curvature had increased (top and bottom are both between 35 and 40), my orthopedist suggested I have a spinal fusion soon, while I was still a teenager. Unfortunately, my doctor was retiring and could not do the surgery himself. So I was referred to another doctor. This new doctor strongly disagreed with the former, saying that a full spinal fusion would limit my mobility and that without surgery, my scoliosis would not affect me much. He also said that this surgery is not very good for people past puberty.
Lately I've been experiencing a lot of back pain which may or may not be related to my scoliosis. Specifically, my lower back hurts whenever I lay flat on my back. I've also been having brief episodes of sharp pain in my mid back, to the left of my spine.
I want to see another doctor for a third opinion and to have my curves remeasured before I leave for college. I just want to hear some of your stories if you've had a spinal fusion around my age, your prior symptoms, and how the surgery has affected you