I really appreciate your opinions and thoughts. All I have had to go on until I found this forum is the doctor's opinions and some associates who have bad backs. So I hope I can get some good opinions from all of you that have had to deal with back pain.
My back pain has been going on for 4 years. I have been treating a bad disk at L5-S1 for all this time. One of the comments the Neurosurgeon told me was that "Your disk is completely worn out". Another comment in another session is "deal with the pain. You don't need this surgery" What! How bad does the pain need to be before one gets to have this taken care of? No, I didn't have an accident or a bad fall. My pain comes from a failing disk over time. I am now on Tramadol to deal with this pain. I tell you, I am in so much pain at night when this medication wears off that I can't wait to stumble into the bathroom to take 2 more tablets. Does my life need to continue this way? Why wont these surgeons effectively help All of us instead of just those that can barely walk anymore because of the criticality of their condition. If I let this go like the doctor recommends, it will be all arthritic in a few years and will then bother me for the rest of my life, surgery or not. I just dont understand. Any help for me on this?