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Back Pain

I had low back pain during 1996,1999,1nd 2002 which lasted from periods ranging from three to six weeks. I was diagnoised of having degenerated disc and canal problems at lower lumbar region. Igot relief with conventional treatment of Rest with pain killers.  I had sudden recurrence of severe pain again on 7th April 2012. I had an MRI done on 8th instant the report of which reads  as under:
"   Features of vertebral body hemangioma at L3 with mild decrease in height with schmorl’s node at lower end plate margin


Degenarative  disc decease in all the lumbar discs

Broad based circumferential disc bulge at L3 / 4 with obliteration of bilateral lateral recess canal

Circumferential annular disc bulge at L4 L5 and  central extruded disc compressing the thecal sac and obliteration of exit neural foramen and lateral recess canal

Circumferential  annular disc bulge at L5 - S1 with indentation of  thecalsac

Facet joint hypertrophy with thickened ligament flavum at L3-4 and L4-5

Severe  spinal canal stenosis at L3-4 and L4-5 "

The spinal surgeo has advised me surgery

Kindly advise me wether the surgery is the only reliable/best  option
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  Hi and welcome to the Spinal Cord C/D forum.

This is a support forum, and we can not tell u to have surgery or not, but the fact ur report is severe spinal stinosis, and u r not sure, get a 2nd opinion from a different spinal Dr.....and see what he says, if surgery is again the option, then decide which dr u were most comfortable with.

Having surgery of ne kind is not something we want to choose to do, but we also need help and guidance in making the right choice...with the right Drs.

  We will support ur decision and share ur journey with u....but, the decision has to be urs.

  Good luck and do let us know what u decide : )
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