I know some readers will view what I write, and will say "yeah, that's what YOU say."
I am no expert, I'm just like everybody else dealing with chronic pain day by day. I'm heading toward my sixth back surgery the 28th of this month, and I'm optimistic. I have trans fixed rods and screws, lower back, and they've slipped down so removal time is coming after 10 years, and a new technique is in the planning. And, to add they found L2 is herniated above a fusion, so they'll replace that also. Many people have had so much more surgeries done than I have, some just fill up on pain pills from day to day. Hey, I've got the high potency drugs available to- but I try to get by without daily usage, I don't want the dependency, plus I want them to work for me later...as I need them. I've learned over my 15 years of a bad back, that my life could be a heck of a lot worse, that on any given day, someone somewhere, can not walk at all. I think I'm a lucky guy at 62- sure there's some days I want to just call it quits, but I think about my family and friends that love me and care. I've got future hopes to ride my bike again with my wife. I know that someday, I can pickup my grandkids again and have a tickle time with PaPa. Plus, I've got a great surgeon, one who I truly trust and appreciate, for his understanding and thoroughness. Thanks for letting me share this, sometimes it is good to vent and discuss one's feelings and thoughts.