I have had chronic back pain for the past eight years which has gotten increasingly worse over the years. No particular problem with onset of pain but whenI went to an ortho surgeon eight years ago he told me I needed surgery and if I didn;t get it I would eventually become paralyzed. I didn't believe him because at that time the pain was not that severe. Since moving to Florida (4 years ago) the pain has gotten increasingly worse. I have not been able to take pain medications because of a problem with urinary retention. I have had every type of injection available without any success. I had an MRI done last June, while going to a pm doctor and he told me there was nothing more he could do for me. Recently, I have been unable to void at all and have been self-catheterizing so went to a new pm doc on Friday to see if he would prescribe meds. When he looked at my MRI from last year he told me I had to see a surgeon immediately. He said that my spine was very compromised and that any sudden movement or accident could leave me paralyzed. I am now awaiting an appointment with a surgeon but I'm not looking forward to it because from what I have seen, surgery is very often not successful. I am hoping to get to know some of you and to read your posts.