After 40 years of sporatic lower back pain I now have had chronic lower (L2) that flared up about 6 months ago and is continual. This morning was my worst pain. I literally crawled back to bed on my hands and knees. Every morning I get up and have to hunch over due to the pain and strap an ice pack on my back which relieves the pain from a 10 to a manageable 5-7 in about an hour.
This makes a surgery decision difficult. Last week I saw a doctor who is performing a new "outer brace" fusion which is less invasive than the big screws gold standard fusion.
I am in my late 60's and was very active prior to this. Any suggestions or positive surgery result feedback would be appreciated.