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I have just completed my visit to my surgeon for my lower back after seven years of pain management.I truely believe that the time has come for the day we dred.I have been recomended for the XLIF procedure.With two possable procedures .The disc replacement with fusion along the both sides of the spine or the plate fusion behind the disc where it bolts to the two bones(which i dont know the name off hand) they stick out from the spine.Anyhow,prior to this i need a DISC O GRAM.I heard of all kinds of bad things relating to pain,from this procedure.As such im scared to death of this! Through the years ive had close to 35 facet block injections with all the meds that go with it.What made me go see a surgeon is the past summer i was in excruciating pain for two Months .I thought my tail bone was broke .I could not eat and had terrible head aches from the pain.I am getting tired of the pain meds.So i want an end.I hope i am going in the right direction.My question is what can i do to eliviate the pain as much as possable with the disc o gram??Someone PLEASE give me a hand here!! JOE