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been contemplating 'next steps' in one shape or form for the past 4 years. Not sorry I opted for the minimally invasive discectomy 3 years ago, but it didn't last. So now weighing recommendations for Artificial Disc Replacement by one surgeon, and TLIF by another. Both saying 'it's the only way to go', of course! It makes me crazy that I haven't had the years of schooling but I still have to make the final decision: which surgery is best? My main complaint is lower back pain that seriously cramps my style. I've not worked for 3.5 years. Any amount of sitting ruins my day/night, so travel, coffee dates, movie nights, dinner out...you get the picture. I spend alot of time in my bed on my computer and watching TV, no pain there. I am 48. Like to exercise, so I've got that going for me...as long as I stick to aquacise, that is. Walking for exercise is not very doable anymore. Will a TLIF give me a life back? Will I ever be able to sit comfortably again? Will I be able to quit the pain pills? Looking for some hope, but moreso, honesty. I trust YOU are not trying to make $ off of my pain!