I would definitely find a Board Certified Neurosurgeon/Orthopedic surgeon as they should definitely know about Kyphosis (Scheuermann's disease...curving of the spine) and know how to treat it. It is listed as one of the diseases on my spine institutes website. So if a Dr. is saying they don't know of this I would seek out other care.
What degree is yours? Surgery is really only recommended as an adult if it's over 60 degrees or if causing difficulty in breathing. (Unless it was caused by an infection or tumor) and needs immediate intervention.
I have a smaller version of it at 19 degrees as many of us spineys with DDD and Spondylolisthesis have to be deligent of watching out for this.
So once a BC Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic surgeon diagnoses this, they should be able to refer to a pain management Dr. who also understands that this is a painful condition that needs treatment just like many other spine issues.
Hibbee and HJD...have you all been prescribed a brace to wear and physical therapy along with the medication?
I guess I am blessed to live in a very populated area to find Drs. who know about these type of spine conditions...So I am hoping that you both can find good Drs. who treat this.
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006