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Back Problems board

I am seeing a third spinal surgeon next week (at the same spinal facility, but 3rd in past 2 years). This one founded the facility and sounds like the best. It also took a long time to get in to see him. The first surgeon told me it was not a matter of if I needed surgery, it was just a matter of how soon. He said it would be a medical emergency when it affected feeling myself go to the bathroom. Until then, how much pain I could endure, but if I continue to take more meds, nothing will help the post surgery pain. The second surgeon said it is my choice. He is only board eligible and young so I knew he would not be doing my surgery. Neither said anything about irreparable damage, but it certainly has progressed rapidly in the past 2 years and now I cannot do much of anything due to pain. Has anyone had swelling pre-surgery around and below the knees? I have it all through my legs if I am on my feet any amt of time, but always around and under the knees now. I thought it was the lyrica, but I stopped that a couple weeks ago and it persists. Just my ankles were swelling at times when I saw the last Dr. He said my shut off valve is not functioning properly. I almost went home and called a car repair shop!!