Hi, my name is Venita. I have been having back pain for years. I have always done factory work all my life which I contributed to the back pain. I started going to see a chiropractor whom sent me to have an MRI because the pain wasn't getting any better. The MRI show that I have marked disc space narrowing and degenerative disc disease at L5-S1. There is cortical end plate irregularity and prominent reactive marrow signal changes surrounding the L5-S1 disc space. These findings are likely the result of marked spondyloarthritis and DDD at this level. There is a large disc osteophyte complex at L5-S1 which is asymmetric to the right.There are small anterior osteophytes at the remaining levels with mild degenerative reactive endplate changes. There is diminished T2 signal within the discs at L3-L4 and L4-L5 compatible with disc desiccation. I have bulkging discs at L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. The MRI shows that my disc at L5-S1 is completely gone. I also have sciatica which sometimes is on both sides but mostly bothers me on the left side and sometimes on the right side. So to break it down in layman terms. I have DDD, spinal stenosis, and arthritis of the spine. I also have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have arthritis in my left knee. I have tried everything from chiropractic care, physical therapy, and steroid injections and nothing has helped. I have not been able to work since January of this year. I also missed a lot of days from work last year because of these problems. I have been seeing a rheumatologist and I saw two pain management specialist. One of the pain management specialist looked over my MRI and said I have a lot of problems going on with my back and that is why I stay in so much pain. My rheumatologist finally sent me to see a neurosurgeon who did an x-ray himself of my lower back and also said that my disc at the L5-S1 is completely gone, bone on bone rubbing and that I would need to have surgery. I have heard stories of back surgeries going bad and people coming out worse. I was wondering with all that is going on with my back will my back ever be the same again and would it be worth having surgery. I do a lot of heavy lifting, bending and standing on my job and don't know what will become of me being able to work again. Please anyone who can give me your honest opinion please help. I became scared when he mentioned surgery. He said without it I will continue to have the pain and problems concerning my back.