So I am 23 now and I've been living with scoliosis for the last decade. It wasn't until recently when I became increasingly aware of it and it really started to bother me, a lot. Obviously it wasn't serious enough back in the day since nothing was done about it, I merely got a diagnosis. I used to be extremely anti-social in the past but currently I'm in the process of changing my life to the better. I joined college last year and I'm doing fine in that regard, but when it comes to picking up an activity (I tried various sports etc.), my condition is clearly preventing me from doing so (I'm having trouble doing even basic exercises such as pushup, situps etc....) So last week I had a doctor's appointment. Jesus, such a terrible experience! He didn't even bother to measure my curve, said it was around 30 degrees and that I was not eligible for a surgery because wasn't "bad enough". And that's about it, I was done in 2 minutes. Now I'm getting really frustrated cause it's already bad as it is and I really want to do something about it. Not only does it look bad but I'm also experiencing lower back pain plus some discomfort while lying in bed and trying to breathe (it's not really painful but I'm constantly aware of it which makes it difficult to fall asleep!). So I've done a bunch of reading, found out a few stories about people having undergone surgery despite the moderate curve. But then again, I gotta admit I don't like what I read about the whole surgery process and the disability that comes after it so I'm not even sure I want to have a surgery. But I sure as hell do not want to leave it as it is and be forced to live with scoliosis for the rest of my life. - I don't mean to be insensitive, I know there are much worse cases than mine, but still.....
Please, help me out here...if I understood correctly, spinal fusion is the only available treatment option for adults, right? I'm living in a less developed country so I'm not sure if more attractive options are being used elsewhere.