ive joined here to have some advice on back surgery. ive just been put on the waiting list for tlif fusion surgery of l1 .... i havent been offered injections though, and didnt know anything about them. i wonder how disabled someone should be before going ahead with surgery, as i am able to do most things, and though my back always hurts and makes me miserable, im not actually chair bound or anything. i do have trouble standing up with out leaning on anything, but can walk and am able to work part time, even though after 4 hours things get very painful, i still do manage to work through it.i am allergic to most of the painkillers out there that work well, so i cant really manage my pain that way. one bit of advice ive been given is that i shouldnt go ahead with surgery until i am immobile, as the surgery may not even help. ive got a severely degenerate disk l1...i fractured l4 and 5 over a year ago and crushed a disk, which is what the mri scan was for..and the l1 disk problem was found then,its been painful for 15 years ???