It was years before I had ever even heard of the condition Kyphosis. All throughout my years in school I was picked on and teased because of the curvature of my spine. I went to a bone and joint specialist and they said I have scoliosis. Now I am finding out that i have both Scoliosis AND Kyphosis. When I went to this doctor he referred to me as deformed and I was only 14 at the time. Can you imagine what it was like having this diagnosis at 14! Needless to say I was devastated. I have spent most of my life, even as a teenager, blaming myself for this condition, and perhaps it is all my fault that I have it due to my poor posture. I was an early bloomer and I didn't want anyone to notice how developed I was so I slouched a lot and it made me this way. I tried a back brace in school and it did nothing but make me miserable, I hated it. I have hated the way I look for years and it is now that I am an adult and people are not as cruel to me that I am able to live with this. I am starting to have arthritis and back pain where the curve is pressing on some of my nerves. Surgery is not something I am considering so I live with it and my husband is totally supportive of me. I am curious if anyone else has this and how they deal with it?