So I have three bulging discs and degenerative disc disease. My MRI says that nothing is hitting the nerves. And that I am not a candidate for back surgery. I have been in pain mgnt for over two years. Last week out of no where my pain level shot to a 10 and was advised to go to the ER. I did and they did an MRI while I was there. Referred me to an ortho surgeon. He said I was not a candidate for surgery and to continue to go to my paid doc. My ability to function has seriously declined. I cannot even find a comfortable position to alleviate my symptoms. I felt my pain doc was in it to just sell his shots and my current doc is in it to sell his spinal stimulator. And listen I am all for not having surgery if I do not have to. But when my ability to do the bare necessities in life has gone i feel it my bee my only option. Should I push for the surgery and take my chances? I mean it really can't hurt at this point right? How much morse can the pain get? Rhetorical on the last one. I am at a loss with my situation and fear that if I do not have the surgery I will stay at a 7 to 10 range till I do. I cannot continue to live this way and would like to hear some opinions has to some of your choices you faced when dealing with similar circumstances. I have had ACL Reconstruction, C5-C6 Fusion, Rt Shoulder Capsule Repair and both Knees Scoped. And I can say this, in every instance with each of those surgeries I knew that something was broke bad enough to have to have something done. You can't tell me that living with this much pain just because your MRI didn't show the kind of damage they like to see before suggesting that person have surgery is still ok? The persons ability to function an have less pain should be a huge factor too. All I know is what I have going on with my back right now is not cutting it!