My name's Russ - I'm from Leeds in the UK. I've suffered from lower back pain/sciatica for years. Was diagnosed after MRI scan with DDD and a slight herniation somewhere in my lower back. I've so far managed 'conservative' treatment with various degrees of success. Surgeons over here seem very reluctant to operate! But now am considering having an op or at least an epidural injection. My back pain has got really disabling - I'm off work sick at moment find riding my motorbike difficult and even going to the pub is a major ordeal - I really need to get sorted. I'd like to hear the general consensus on spinal surgery.