About ten months ago I started feeling a great amount of lower back pain and decided to go see a doctor about it. I was diagnosed with a pars defect and was given a very uncomfortable back brace that I wore for the next seven months. After these seven months were up I found myself no better than I was before and was still experiencing a great amount of lower back pain. After the seven months my doctor told me that I needed surgery to repair the pars defect in my back. When hearing this I became very afraid as I have heard from many people that one back surgery will only lead to another and so on. I decided to follow the doctors advice and three weeks ago I had surgery to repair the pars defect. They did this by taking a bone graph from my left hip and using that along with two screws and a hook to repair the defect. Now three weeks later I am slowly getting better but still find myself wondering if I will ever be pain free. I dont want to live the rest of my life with back pain. Im only eighteen years old and have a long life ahead of me. I hope to one day be able to work out again and do all of the things that I love to do pain free. I hope to hear some one elses story about how their recovery went from having a surgery like this.