My mom has been suffering from sciatica for years now. She is on the VA waitlist for surgery. Her neurosurgeon wants to wait for her L2, L3, L4, and S1 discs to "break off" before performing surgery and ultimately "fusing" her back. Meanwhile she is in constant pain, which she manages with medication like gabapentin and oxycodone, prescribed by the VA. She does not want to live on these meds, but she does not want to get her back fused because she feels it will essentially cripple her. She remains on the meds with steadily increasing pain while she looks for other surgery options. Are these options out there? Will the VA pay for them? If she has to get the fusion what will her life be like?