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Hey Scubamom, welcome to the boards!

I agree with Kathymac about the procedures. You should always be allowed a second, third, or fourth opinion. And in the meantime, you should not be punished. Your doc as already confirmed that you have pain obviously by suggesting invasive treatments. BTW Kathy, IDET stands for Intradiscal electrothermic therapy.

As far as the Avinza or any LA med. Its not such a bad thing. If you have chronic pain and are taking shortacting meds like Norco which has Tylenol in it. Over time this can be bad for your liver and with SA meds, you don't get complete coverage. These meds spike rather quickly and then start to drop of. Which equates to multiple dosing. With a med like Avinza you don't have these ups and downs. Many times you are able to cut back or get off the SA meds like Norco and only use them for break through pain. LA meds you usually don't feel like SA meds. Its a much smoother release.

If your doc is pushing a surgery on you, I would consider getting a new doc that gives you options. Or at least go get other opinions. With that said, if the generally feeling is that you need to get something done, you may find it difficult to find a doc to continue to treat you with meds only. But there are other options before going to surgery. There are steroid injections, PT, and some other minimal invasive procedures. Let your doc know your apprehension regarding surgery and that you want to try some other things first to see if you can get a few more years out of your condition before going to surgery

Anyway, thats my opinion. Good luck