My doctor is not going to allow me to continue taking tramadol as part of my pain management for my back . I have had 3 spinal epidurals which helped a bit and use a tens unit that helped at first but not much anymore. The tramadol does not take the pain away it does take the edge off.

I have been advised by two different specialist i will need a laminectomy, two disc removed and spacers inserted and spinal fusion. This does not guarantee relief from the pain or a second surgery in 10yr. I am trying all conservative measures and would appreciate any suggestions.

I just turned 53 and have a fairly physical job as a self employed contract painter, house keeper and odd jobs. If anyone could share their input on managing back pain other than surgery it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks