I have been struggling with severe chronic low back pain for 11 years now. I am now 49 I was diagnosed with severe artheritis, DDD and sevel bulging dic that never did go back to normal after rupturing. My primary is sympathetic but can only do so much, pain mgmt docs just want to do injections and that does not work in my situation it has been done by two different docs several times none of which really helped. Surgeons are stating that as long as I am functioning(working ) they will not operate, only problem is I end up missing between three days and ten days of work a week. This leaves me between a brick wall and a hard place. I am on the verge of just going off al meds and becoming unable to work which would ruin me financialy. You should not have to choose between getting healed and becoming a burden to society IE receiving disability. Some how it does not seem fair.