It's been a while since I posted on this forum. My 2 month wait to see a spine specialist is almost over and I must admit it still feels like months away. Everything has been getting worse. The back pain unbareable. I constantly feel the buckling from my collapsed L5-S1, along with radiating nerve pain with almost every move I make in both legs, not to mention frequent bathroom trips, no errection for months ( that really worries me but no one will listen it seems, and it's not medication induced that I know I have been off it for 5 days after 4 months of oxycodone treatment with no DT's whatsoever). I decided to stop my pain medication because even while taking it the pain remains an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. This is a good thing simply because I do have hand surgery coming up (find out tomorrow morning) and I need the pain meds to work. However my GP recommends I get the back fixed first, then the hand, (I wanted both done ASAP but maybe that's not such a good idea. I have spent the last 4 months studying everyday about the human spine, how it works and how it can be fixed and in what way, I am feeling prepared for my spine specialist appointment but not so much for my left hand. We will see what happens!!