Happy New Year everyone!
I stumbled across this website a few days ago while doing some research on my case and could use some opinions from people who suffer from the same thing.
I've had Kyphosis and mild Scoliosis in my back since I was in elementary school (I'm now 21) and nothing was done about it until I was in high school. The first visit to the specialist, they told me I had a 67/68 degree curve in my back and wanted to keep an eye out on it to see if it would progress. Two years later when I returned, my back progressed to 69 degrees. They said surgery was an option but I could be fine without it. Since then I had experienced a lot of back pain especially in my lower back and in my neck. My back cracks a lot when I try to fix it or straighten it out. I also suffer from a lot of depression caused from the look of my back in recent years. I've recently seen a doctor about it but he only prescribed physical therapy. I have not been given a degree but I feel as though it is progressing slowly.
I've been thinking a lot about surgery for awhile now and I'm looking into trying to find another specialist for their opinion. I'm just afraid for the consequences that could come about with the surgery such as not being able to do some of the things I love doing such as exercising, running, bodybuilding, and sports. But then again, I am also afraid that my back will get worse and the pain will continue.
What are your opinions on my situation? I have attached some photos so you can see for yourself what my back looks like.