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I'm also a bit concerned that your surgeon seems eager to do surgery without even trying some of the more conservative treatment methods out there such as physical therapy, epidural injections, massage, acupuncture, etc. Especially since you said yourself, that you're not in much pain. That just doesn't make much sense to me. I have L5/S1 Grade 2 spondy, too...and I also have severe bilateral foraminal stenosis and DDD. My neurosurgeon sent me right into physical therapy...which, unfortunately, did not help my situation...but everyone responds differently to methods of treatment. The next logical step for me, would be ESI...but I have decided to forego that option. Instead, I bought myself an inversion table and have been using it daily for 3 months. I believe it is helping because the nerve pain in my right leg has diminished considerably. I'm not suggesting you go out and do what I did. But I would strongly urge you to hold off on the surgery until you get a few more opinions, preferably by a spine specialist. I'm not 100% pain-free, but it's a lot better than it used to be (with the help of a non-narcotic pain med). For what it's worth...I'm a 42-year old female who is also very active (at the gym 6-7 days a week) and currently training for my first triathlon. I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do about your spondy.


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