I did take the bone density tests and found I had osteopenia, not as bad as osteoporosis, but losing 1/2" in a year is scary, especially when you are only 5'2" to begin with. You are so lucky, my primary doctor never recommended surgery, just precribed pills for 8 or 9 years. Finally I went to my neurologist who sent me for the pretests, but made me wait 2 mos. to get in to see him. I resurched it on line to find the best surgeon in my area and called him myself. Got me right in and into surgery the next week. Hope things go well, the diet is the pits. Hang in there, it takes along time to heal. Don't push it.