Hi my name is Rita and Im form canada. Just stumbled upon this site and i was so excited to find other poeple who are suffering the same back condition as i am. I was diagnosed with this in my early teens and now im fifty and i have never had surgery or worn a back brace. I suffer alot of pain especially the last couple of years seems the pain is progressing. I am taking medication to help ease the pain. Looking forward to sharing my stories with you and hearing from anyone who would like to discuss this further with me. thanks.