My name is Nancy, and I guess I'm here to get more insight from everyone. I've had scoliosis as a teen, but never got any treatment for it. I've dealt with pain off and on my whole life. I'm now 43, and have kind of reached my wits end. I have horrible pain in my lower lumbar region when standing for any period of time or walking. I have a pars defect, with a spondylolithesis of L5. In Nov 2013, I started with a terrible pain in the right buttocks/hip area. After researching causes I figured it was SI joint dysfunction and sought out a doctor in the area to help with this. After an injection, that pain improved, but the lower lumbar pain persisted, and I finally decided to get an evaluation from an ortho. I had a full scoliosis set of films, and MRI. My last films to compare were from 2008, and the degenerative changes were shocking. In addition to the curvature, 3 discs are bad, and I have a thoracic and lumbar curve measuring 40 degrees each. By looking at me you wouldn't know, because they are nicely balancing each other. It's obvious the scoliosis is advancing, but we don't know how fast because we didn't have yearly films to monitor it. The doctors recommendation was a fusion from T4-tailbone. I was beyond shocked. The surgeon isn't pushing the surgery and suggested we wait a year, and see how fast the progression is moving, though he does anticipate the need for fusing at some point.. I'm doing pain management until February, trying to stay on the lowest possible dose of narcotics. I'm so scared of what my life will be after a fusion this big, but I'm also tired of being in such pain that I can't even go grocery shopping without having to bend over to stretch my back and what feels like push my lumbar vertebrae back in line. I fully researched this surgeon and he is affiliated with the best hospital in the St Louis Area. I might add, I've been a nurse for 17 years, and have altered my area of practice from ER/ICU to now working at home on a desk job.