I was diagnosed with DDD over a year ago now, at 3 levels, along with 3 herniated and bulging discs. Managed with it well for the past 6 years but am now strongly considering surgery. Spoke with the surgeon last Wednesday but he seems reluctant to carry out surgery as my legs aren't massively affected by my pain. He says if they were to do surgery it wouldn't help much as my legs aren't affected.
However, I am confused because I have also been told that if my vertebrae were to fuse naturally in 10-15 years I would be pain free as the bad discs would no longer be there.
With this theory in mind, would I not benefit from pain relief if the surgeons were to fuse my vertebrae manually? I may not be understanding it correctly but surely this would be an obvious solution. The pain is so bad now that I am no longer able to do anything that defines me and am fast losing hope for a future.