A few years ago my husband was in such severe pain that he went to see a consultant.He had an x ray which showed a disc protruding out of line.The consultant said rest would be the best thing but if it didn't show any improvement, surgery was the next option. We are now back in the same situation a few years later.He has retired now and has been moving large floor tiles and the problem has reocurred.Not only that he has a pain down his leg which maybe. from what I have read, sciatica. Why is it that some men have an aversion to going to the doctors? It is limiting his daily activities and I know he is getting irritable because of the pain. Has anyone had a successful operation for a slipped disc?