I am looking at my options on the back care. I have a disk that is squished (buldging) and is pressing on the sppinal collum giving me nerve pain down my leg and in my hip. Currently I am better than a few weeks ago but still am having to be slowed way down by this. I have talked to a friend who had a disk removal w/ fusion and she said it was very painful but is much better than before. She recomended not to wait as recovery would be harder due to more extensive surgery. Sort of makes sense but I don't want this to be the start of a series of back surgeries. Dr. Said that was possible that future surgeries were not uncommon but not garunteed. I am to get a cortisone shot to see if it helps. I do hope so as I really don't want surgery. But I do want more info so if I do have to have an operation I will be knowledgable. Currently I have trouble standing/walking for long periods and I have sharp pains in my ankle and hip from the nerves. I can no longer lift anything over 20 lbs. I feel like I should be Batter as I am only 30. I also have 2 small children. I am not sure how I would care for them if I had to be down for weeks/months at a time. Anyone go through a back surgery? Was it worth it? Could you do thing after you couldn't do before? How long did it take to recover? Would you do it again?