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I am 22 years old, female. I was rear ended a year ago and have had chronic back pain since the accident. MRI showed a 75% or more herniated disc at L4-L5 and nerve compression, it also showed minimal fluid in the joint, and it showed a completely dehydrated disc at L5-S1 (DDD). I have done chiropractic, massage therapy, medications, Epidural steroid injections, Facet Injections, physical therapy, and had a lumbar decompression (May 2017, for the herniation/nerve compression at L4-L5). I just had a repeat MRI because much of my pain has come back and even intensified, the only thing different is that I don't have the numbness like I did prior to the decompression of my nerves and repair of the herniation. It seems like my only other treatments and options I have not tried are specifically pain management treatments like nerve oblations and getting a discogram to confirm the source of the pain, and a spinal fusion. At my age, my surgeon and I do not want to perform that surgery as I am not a candidate for the minimally invasive procedure, however... I am currently planning a wedding, trying to graduate college, and begin my career and eventually a family. I am unable to take it easy or not work, and I am tired of the chronic pain and feeling like I'm 90. It is not fair to me, my family, or my fiancé and I am so ready to get back to my life. So I am looking for suggestions and tips and just stories here to help me understand what may help me, why to do or not do the fusion, and if you are in Oklahoma I would gladly take recommendations for other surgeons to visit with!