I have dealt with a spine infection for the last 7 months, I did the 7 weeks IV antibiotics 24 hrs a day that did not stop the infection. My infectious disease Dr put me on oral antibiotics for 3 months and then sent me to a surgeon to have the infection cleaned out. My surgeon stated he wanted me on antibiotics for 3 more months and then we would proceed with surgery, At the end of my 3 more months on antibiotics a MRI was ordered and I am still showing signs of infection. My surgeon has decided that since I do not have any abcesses that he wants to hold off on surgery for one year. My infectious disease Dr now has written me a script for one more year of oral antibiotics and told me unless I notice any changes I do not need to see him for 6 months. I was told my infection is still present but contained to the L4- S1 disc. I was also told the infection has caused major structural damage to my spine which is no surprise to me due to the pain I have. This was a surgery that I did not want ( Ive had 7 spine surgeries and made a promise to myself no more) but I am concerned about the infection still being present. I no longer feel so sick that I could of cared less wether I died or not, yes I felt that bad. My surgeon did state that if my leg pain persisted that he would consider a SCS. One of the reasons surgery is put on hold is that infection gravitates toward the hardware. Wouldnt it then also gravitate towards the SCS? Just going in a flushing and debriding the infection is not a option anymore. The damage the infection has caused will require fusion of L4_S1 to fix., I am curious as to what other members thoughts of this are. Would you seek a second opinion or continue with the plan?