Please, please can anyone advise me. I have a L4/5 compression and scoliosis and so depressed of continues pain. I dread going to bed as I cannot get comfy and if I move in my sleep from the featil position the pain wakes me up. I have seen a doctor and a surgeon and they have sugggested surgery but, as a widow living alone (I am 67 this year) I don't want to finish up in a wheel chair. I live on pain killers that i don't like taking and when things have got so bad I take a sleeping tablet. I pay private for Pilate and physio therapy and must admit between them they have got me moving better. My osteoporosis is the cause of my problems and my other joints are also getting worse very quickly so I know if I give in and have the operation a) I know there is no guarantee and b) I have no idea how long it will last. Just over a year ago I was numb from the waist down for four days but as I was on holiday I just thought it would go and tried to walk and move through the pain. I had no idea of the severity that I should have gone straight to hospital as this could have paralysed me. Has anyone else got the same problems and if so what would you advise me to do? Operation or not?