What is the perception of how long a surgery will hold? Let's face it, some of us just can't "take it easy". That's how some end up with procedures. I wish there was a point scale, based on a patient survey, that could help us decide. When we are in pain, we need to know! I am better than I was, but it was the pain that made the decision. Now, the pt and my doctor encourage activity. However, with a worked on disc, what can I expect? 1-7 years then the same hell again? "Take it easy/Get out and live your life." Ironic or an oximoron?