Interestingly enough, no Dr. has told me any negative news or prognosis. Both Spine Doctors felt I would resume all my beloved activities in due course. I suggested that I quit skiing, and my Spine Dr. said "no need to rush into that decision. You will be able to ski again, just not this weekend. " Looking back, a lot of the negative feedback has come from myself and my mother, who is very loving but also very intimidated by all things active and athletic since she and my grandmother suffer from sever Arthritis. She has taught me a lot about pacing myself, but has never really encouraged my outdoor or athletic pursuits. She has created a lot of fear inside of me, though I know with 100% certainty she only did not want to see me suffering. I would say it is reasonable response from a parent that if your child, albeit 45 is suffering and crying in pain, you prefer the conservative life. I have created a huge cloud of fear above me myself. I plan to get rid of it.