I have been getting worsening symptoms from DDD over last 18 months. I'm 59 with a history of acute back episodes which have lead to a chronic condition. Very limited activity a lot of the time, feeling unstable constantly. Flares brought on by slightest movement. Pain manageable with rest and medication. One specialist says it will lead to lumbar fusion, 2 others say that it may not. Who do I believe? Should I hold out for the DDD instability self resolving (as discs are supposed to finally collapse and then produce less pain)? Or do I press for treatment to get some quality of life back? All conservative care options have been tried (ESIs, physios, acupuncture, etc.) I'm fit and was going to use the summer to do daily exercise but a flare on almost weekly basis limits my movement. Immediate future looks unpromising but if someone told me it will get better in a couple of years I could handle it better. If anybody has been in a similar situation and found an answer I'd appreciate any ideas.