My best friend is broken. :-( She is only 32 and very fit. She is a certified pole fitness instructor, runs 5ks, eats well, has always been thin, etc. She has a herniated disc right above her tailbone that she has managed with chiropractic treatments in the past. However, for some reason, the disc has recently started causing her so many problems. She can no longer do her pole fitness or running, and now can't walk for exercise, either. She has shooting pain down her back to her hip all the way to her foot. She has to take meds to sleep, but she said they make her restless and sick to her stomach. She had to have her parents pick her up from work the other day because she was in so much pain she couldn't drive home. She works in retail so she has to be on her feet all day which is painful to her as well, and she works at the beach so this is her busy season. She was supposed to come visit this weekend but she called to tell me she just couldn't do it. She was afraid of driving the 3 hours and being in too much pain or not being able to walk and do anything when she got here. Now her chiro has told her that after their intensive treatments and hooking her to some kind of stretching machine, there is nothing else she can do for her. She saw a back doctor and it looks like her only option is going to be back surgery, although they are going to try a cortisone shot first. She is afraid of the surgery and worried that she won't 100% recover from it. It just seems like she is too young to have this type of surgery. I feel awful for her, but I also feel guilty. I am so overweight and don't take care of myself like I should. I never exercise. I just feel like it should be me and I should feel really lucky that it isn't me and that I don't have any mobility problems. It has been some motivation to put certain foods down and start walking. Just wanted to share. Anyone else ever feel this way? Anyone have any experience with this type of surgery? Just keeping her in your thoughts and sending good energy is appreciated as well.