Please note that I am, by no means, involved in the health industry whatsoever. Whether it be an MD, a chiropractor, or a GNC employee lol.
This is my opinion when it comes to surgery and meds... Basically, PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!
I recently had a lot of back problems which I documented on here. It was something that I dealt with for 3 months and I was almost sure what I had was to the point of being considered "chronic." It was a pain in my lower back, deep in my buttocks and thigh on the left side, and tingling and shooting pain in my left leg and foot.
I had finally gone to the ER after about 2 - 2 1/2 months of waiting for a miraculous day where I felt back to normal.
What did the ER doctor do? It went something like this...
The doctor put his hands on my feet and told me to push on his hand. No problem.
What did he do next?
"OK, here is a prescription for anti-inflammation, muscle relaxors, and pain killers."
Wow, I come here looking for the reason I am going through what I'm going through (I am VERY active and competitive when it comes to sports, I participate at least 2x a week) and this is the best he can do for me?
Give me a break, bottom line is this. I have had nothing but bad experiences with doctors. Instead of going home and doping up on all the meds thrown at me from the ER doctor, I decided to move forward and live with the pain until I could find myself a solution. That allowed me to gauge the actual progress of my injury (and believe me, I fought through a tremendous amount of pain) and not mask it behind some pain-disguising medicine. If I did exactly what he told me to do, I'd probably be here in worse shape and possibly to the point where it would be considered chronic! I went to a chiropractor who eventually straightened me out, literally (I had a horribly misaligned hip causing leg shortness and extreme mobility and pain) but a PT, Orthopedic or other knowledgable expert could have helped me out in the same manner.
Please, don't resort to surgery unless all options have been exhausted. It's one thing if your injury is unable to be cured. It's another if there is a glimpse of hope for a full or close to full recovery. The body is an amazing thing. Attempt it in a more natural manner before you decide to go do something radical.
Remember, being a doctor is a job performed by a human. Some do it better than others. IF you decide to go that route, find someone who is more than qualified for the task at hand!