This is my first time here. I suffer from Degenerative disc disease at L4S1. I have suffered for 12 years now. Back in 2006 I went to my pain management doctor for the first time. I was put on pain meds, and given steroid injections but continued to suffer so I just quit going in 2008. I started back in January 2015. In October of 2014 I saw a neuro- spine doctor. He wants to exaust all options before surgery. He said I'm going to have to have it in maybe 2 years. Anyway, I take pain meds, doctor will not do steroids injections anymore and I am now wearing a DDS brace ($600 that my insurance refused to pay. Its South Carolina state employee insurance by the way). I still hurt with the brace and pain meds and continue to have severe flar ups. Pain so bad I just want to die or be put in a medical comma. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME. Is there anything I can do to get relief Im VERY scared of the thought of spinal fusion.