Thanks alot everyone. I am tempted to try those exercises Joy, thank you. If they cause too much pain, then I'll stop.
I think it is really arrogant of any doctor to make the decision to not tell their patient what all shows up on any kind of test. They should at least ask us if we want to know everything. Who else is mainly in charge of our health but ourselves? We pay them to help us.
White Beard- thanks for the helpful suggestion on getting copies of all my tests on CD. I will for sure do that. If you don't mind me asking, has your torn disc gotten any worse over all these years, or stayed the same. I hope for your sake it has stayed the same. My tear is in the L3 disc. I know I have had it for about 2 years.
My DH has DDD and just went on disability about a year ago, he suffers terribly, and has to fight for pain meds since his doctor of 25 yrs left.
I also have fibro, and have not been able to work in almost 2 years, so I finally applied for disability myself this past August. Expecting a denial, and I will fight the battle till it comes thru. My DH was one of the fortunate ones, and was approved in 5 months. Maybe it was his long history of back problems, and it was all documented, plus his doctor backed him up.
Straydog, yes I will ask to bereferred as soon as I am settled in Cali.
Chartreux- thanks, and I will be as careful as possible, it's going to be quite a job with me and DH with our bad backs, but we have to do it. We may even hire some help, or I know people from our church will pitch in.
Thanks all you nice people here. And I will keep you updated.