I am 64 & was a runner for more than 30 years. The most trouble I had was L4-L5 herniation which responded well to steroid shots. I retired in 2008, returned home. Then began the series of dr visits to find cause of new pain. E-xay in '08 showed no new problem. After neurologist nerve conduction, and MRI in 2/2011. I was given hand full of pain prescripts and told 2 come back in 3 mos. Not good enough. My D O sent me for PT.After 9 sessions, and moderate pain consumption I could walk. D O suggested I see Best Neurosurgeon here, who for me naturally said I need surgery. Diagnosis; spinal stenosis, L4-L5 herniation, SI dysfunction and spondylolisthesis. A mouth full. My son a doctor advises against surgery because of response from his patients. I am inclined for the surgical fix because I have indigestion, incontinence, bowel problems, constant inflammation, not to mention the crawlers up my legs and numbness in feet. I am heart broken. Reading these forums is as scary as the pain I suffer. I am also angry that I have seen so many docs, and I am still suffering. There is no non invasive back surgery per the surgeon, and I have read and watched videos of what he proposes. I have requested a consult w/ the Mayo Clinic down south b4 I advance. Last year for my 63 birthday I was hiking Malibu trail. Now I can hardly walk my 4 legged companion down the block. Oh, & my 90 yr old mom stroke disabled 10 yrs ago needs my attention. I feel so overwhelmed surgery looks very appealing. I know I suffered trauma to my back w/ special workout shoes that should have come w/ warning.