since 2004 i have beeen dealing with dds. i have tried all the recommended non surgical solutions. such as core exercises tenns unit ( i call it electic shock theropy) . after initial diagnosis the doc wanted 2 burn off all the nerve ending on my spine. at that time i was not taking any meds nor his offer for surgery. i requested the exercise /diet (anything) but the surgery or narcotics route. after 2 years of trying other venues none that worked i agreed 2 go the medicine route. i am a disabled vet and a very physically active 51 year old female. i heat my home with wood which i sometime cut and split myself and always bring in from the woods and load the stove all night every nite , i build and remodel my new log home, fix the cars, do the laundry etc. u get the idea. i take these pain meds AS NEEDED and i have never had a stomach problem from the asprin or anytype of addiction problem with them.as a 100% disabled vet my only source of health care is thru the v.a. system. recently my primary care doc of 20 years left the v.a. system and my new doc without seeing me or reading that 20year health record has decided that i dont need this medicine any more 2 manage my pain and continue the active life i lead now. i know she's going 2 try and steer me towards surgery(which she wont b doing she's not qualified) and stop my pain meds which she has already stated over the phone. when this happens i wont b able 2 move within 3 weeks.and never b as active as i wish 2 continue being. i have had 9 MAJOR surgeries thru the v.a./ military 4 of which were botched leading 2 more to correct the problems created. i can walk now and unless it's life threatening have no desire 2 b used as a training exercise for new doctors. i am also allergic 2 steriods which make injections out of the question. of the people out there reading this who may or may not have had back surgery...would u even consider taking a chance on any type of back surgery if u could manage ur pain and live a physically active life like i do by taking 1 but no more than 3 naarcotic pain relievers thru the day? i always have pain but wait til it gets past a certain point b4 i start reaching for the bottle.