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I'm new and have much experience with spinal issues..Surgery in 1986 L4/5 and many years active until this one.Now...abnormal EMG..MRI. Being sent for Neurosurgeon consult.Radiculopathy....low back pain.Been on pain meds for years.I was told that o had to be off ALL opiates before any surgery.Does this seem extreme? Don't think I can wean off due to physical dependence plus pain.Thanks.