I have degenerative disc disease and need to have surgery but I am really really scared. My spine is at a 19%slide. The spine institute said that I need to have it done as soon as possible. I can wait months but not years. The pain specialist said that she has been doing this for a very long time and mine is the worst she has seen. The reason that I am so scared is because of 4 reasons. 1: I have heard that this surgery has made people worse. My pain is already bad. I don't want any more pain. 2: The last time I had surgery I got really sick. 3: I have been on pain medication for well over 14 years. I am scared that they are just going to take me off medication right away. I know for sure that I am addicted. You can't be on narcotics for as long as I have been without getting addicted. 4: I am worried that i will end up not being able to walk again. I was told a few years back that I had a 50/50 chance of walking again.I really need advice on this before I back out of having this done. I want to have it done after Thanksgiving.