hello - new to this forum. i've had lower back pain (l4-5) for about 5 years. result of being hit by a car 20 years ago. was okay for 15 years but arthritis settled in the area that had been damaged all those years ago. then, 5 years ago, got out of my car and my back "broke." been struggling with facet degeneration, herniated disc and arthritis. i've had facet blocks, rfl (didn't work at all), p.t. (which did help once but a repeat course didn't), massage and chiropracty (also no help). i've also been on vicodin and now percocet and i suppose i'm addicted though i only take 2 a day and very occasionally 3 sometimes only one. but after 12 hours without any, i feel terrible - hurt and restless. i saw a surgeon and i'm going to have a microdiscectomy at the end of may. it's the last resort. even though i don't have much leg pain (have lots of hip pain and back pain) i'm going to do it. the surgeon thinks it will help. i'm not terribly optomistic (other docs have said i'm not a candidate for surgery) but i'm at the end of my rope - don't know what else to do. i want to get off pain meds and live a whole life - not just a half, as i'm now doing.
i'd appreciate ANY comments, suggestions, ideas from you.
thanks. very much.