I am sorry to hear about your pain and struggles. I am 28 and had surgery last June to correct an 88 degree curve, which is still roughly around 45-50 degrees. I am very happy I got the surgery.
I had the surgery June 28th and was back to work about 5 weeks later, roughly about July 29th. I am a school teacher, so that is when I set up my classroom. Students started about a week later.
The only days I have taken off so far are the days I have training within my employer. I have yet to take a personal day or sick day. I am feeling great and hope I can continue to get better by the day.
Do you know what your curve was 20 years ago?
Talk to you soon.