I haven't gone through the whole story yet. Here's the short version. My curve was found during a routine exam at school in 7th grade. I was 12, my curve was 18 degrees. Eight months later, it was 36. I had several braces, I think they were the Boston type. I chose to have surgery in July 1996 (I was 16); my curve was 48 degrees, and they fused me from T10-L3. I was in a cast for nine weeks and another brace for about six months. My curve was 20 the day after surgery. I only discovered that from my medical records. As far as I knew, it was 34. No, it increased to 34 post surgery. Before last summer, my most recent x-rays were January 1998. Last summer it was 37, but Dr. Q said to ignore that, the first radiologist must've read it wrong. (I don't believe that for a second, btw.) Dr. Q referred me to Dr. Bones, who sent me to physical therapy and Dr. Drugs (for an epidural that went horribly wrong), and then referred me to Dr. OKC, whom I met on Friday. I'm excited to meet Dr. STL, but I hear he has quite a waiting list. I filled my prescriptions tonight and I'm going to order some more leads for my TENS unit. I hope it will all get me through until St. Louis.