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Severe L5 / S1 PAIN, can't feel my legs

Hello members,

I'm a 55 yr old male, diabetic type II, overweight by 20lbs, casual drinker and smoker.

I couldn't take the pain any longer and I decided to get a MRI on my lower back.

Here is the diagnostic by the specialist:
Bone marrow signal is normal. No fractures, No subluxations. There is severe discogenic narrowing at L5 / S1 with disc desiccation. The conus is normal appearance and terminates at L1. The nerve roots signal is normal throughout. Surrounding soft tissues are unremarkable.

My first doctors appointment is on the 30th and I wanted to educate myself so that I don't look dumb founded when the Neurosurgeon starts telling me what I have to do.

Please let me know your initial thoughts as in to what direction I should start researching on surgical and non-surgical.

Thank you guys in advance!!!
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