Worried, I am 48, 6ft and weigh 282. been down with my back off and on for over 20 years, due to being scared about what I will find out. Pain has gotton so bad I can't work so went to the nurosurgon today and found out that L1-L2 disc is herniated and pushing on the main nerve in the spinal canal and the one under it is going bad but it is not there yet. The surgon stated that due to my BMI insurance might refuse it. If my back and legs did not hurt all the time then I could exercise to loose weight. Has anybody ran across this problem.