I finally got the prognosis for my back problem (after only 7 months ). Extruded disk between L3 and L4 pressing on a nerve. The good news is that it will heal, all by itself. The bad news is that it takes 1 year to 2 years to heal. I am so happy to know I didn't break something that won't grow back! My job is to resume normal activities, except the stupid ones, like moving appliances or furniture. The latest doc offered to inject cortisone, once a week for three weeks, but knows before she starts that the procedure is so traumatic that she will have to start with a memory blocking drug. I said, "No". I have healed enough that I don't have any pain at all for about half of the day. If I added an afternoon nap, I might get to almost zero pain. I prefer taking care of myself to submitting to expensive and traumatic procedures. Still this caused a thought: This is a good business model because the DEA has made it very dangerous for a doctor to prescribe cheap, effective, drugs for temporary pain. Solution? Prescribe expensive, ineffective procedures. Cortisone injections require 3 visits just for starters, and 5 people I talked to said the injections don't work very well and don't last very long. You would have to be desperate to go through that, and I am not desperate. Now that I have learned that there is a normal healing process, I am not even afraid. As I get older, I find that I am refusing more and more medical advice. What the doctors don't say is, "All I can offer is very expensive and not very effective". They just prescribe these expensive, invasive, and ineffective treatments because that is what, "The Doctor Book" says and so, that is all they know how to do. Got contradictory results on your blood test? Don't repeat the five dollar blood test; go get a $300 procedure that is so invasive that it requires injected drugs to make you hold still. Need a Chiropractor? Go to this one, 25 miles away, because he will cost you eight times as much as any other Chiropractor charges. Never mind that there are competent Chiropractors 3 miles away that accept your insurance. Got a temporary pain that will heal by itself? Go get several expensive, invasive, minimally effective procedures that require injected drugs to make you hold still. Been taking minor opiates for occasional pain? Let me put you on 24 hour pain patches that are guaranteed to cause addiction and force you to wear them all the time by demanding tests that prove your urine contains the drugs. I don't think so.