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Here's my opinion. Go to the dr. Get an updated MRI if you need. I was in the same boat for the past 7 years. I had gastric bypass in 2002 and lost 165 pounds. I thought my back pain would get better with the weight loss. It got worse. I did the injections and nerve block. It only helped short term. I did Therapy three or four times. I did the DRX machine and chiropractor. My MRI was misread by the radiology place. They never noted the Spondylolethisis. So my orthopedic only read the report. He sent me to a neurosurgeon to talk about pain management. He took one look at the films and said it was classic Spondylolethisis (sp?). He said I need the fusion surgery. I just had it done this Sept. 12th. So I can't make a determination on how I feel yet. I know the disc pain I had across my back is gone. I was wearing a TENS machine for two years. I had L4/L5/S1 fusion with two rods and six screws. So far so good. Still can't lay flat. I slept in a recliner for two years prior to surgery. I rented a hospital bed for now. The neurosurgeon is one of the best but not very informative. I didn't know I am not suppose to ever twist, bend or lift every again for the rest of my life. I guess you trade somethings to get rid of the pain. I was in pain so long. I may have permanent nerve damage in my leg and foot. The neurosurgeon did tell me one thing. He said the worse the damage the better results from the surgery. He said I should have great results. I see him again in December when I get another xray. The recovery is long. I'm out of work 3 months. Hope this helped.:)

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