First let me tell you a little about myself. I'm 24 and currently in the US Air Force. I was injured in June 2007. Turns out I have a herniated disc at L4-L5, and at L5-S1 along with stenosis and DDD. I have been diligently following my doctor's instructions over the past year+. I have done countless hours of physical therapy, tried every medication under the sun, and recently had some injections. However, the pain has never subsided. In fact it may actually be worse.
My question is how long should I put up with this until I entertain surgery as an option? This pain is slowly ruining my life, I went from a fairly active person to a hermit within a year. Also, in your opinion what type of surgery would likely be performed? Any advice would be appreciated.