I have had 10 total surgeries within an 8 year period. I have had over 40 epidurals in the past few years. Most of them never seem to work, but it seems every pain doctor I have ever been too want to do those on you because they make way more money on the procedures than the office visits to give you pain meds, muscle relaxers, nerve medication, etc. I have had nerve tests that tell me my back, legs, hips are all screwed up. That the nerves cannot be fixed. Nothing works. Even the powerful pain pills on seem to dull the pain, but it never truly goes away.
People who hoot at people with back pain have never had back pain. Severe back pain can keep you from getting out of bed. I have had pain so bad that my wife had to bring me one of those hospital hand-held urinals to just take a leak because I could not get out of bed. It is the same trying to get out of a chair. You have such pain sometimes you actually scream getting up. I ruined my back, shoulders and knees in the Army. No amount of surgeries can fix them. When you have injuries that involve nerves, you have pain that you simple cannot live with some times. If you have not ever had this kind of severe pain, count yourself lucky because if you have it, you know it.
I need a knee replacement but keep putting it off because of the pain involved. I wear a knee brace to keep my knee stabilized enough to walk. After 10 painful surgeries, #11 is not something I look forward too. Oh, and surgery #12 will be a hear valve replacement in the next year or two. Again something I don't look forward too. But, something I will have to do.