Ok, who knows how much help this may be, but I'm willing to try. My wife has been experiencing back pain and lower leg pain and numbness for more than three months. We've tried physical therapy, drugs and rest but it's still the same. Sh had an MRI and was told she should consider surgery for a herniated disk. The literature is unclear on this. Some report that the cure (surgery) can be worse than waiting whereas others claim that the cure can bring immediate relief. I'm and anti-cutter (As is my wife), but we are going on more than 4 months of pain and change in lifestyle so we are interested in comments on how others may view this poor design and the best way to handle it.....Oh and she needs reconstructive knee surgery this summer. I recall a line from War Games along the lines of "Mr. McKitrick, after careful consideration I've come to the conclusion that your system sucks". Indeed, that's how I am beginning to feel about human anatomy.