My dad went through the same thing back when he was about 35. Slipped on some ice outside his work. They laid him off and then screwed him saying he intentionally hurt himself. I believe he ended up having surgery and after that, he has never been the same. Although, he hasn't ever really led a very healthy lifestyle; i.e. exercise, diet, and the like. so that may have contributed to his demise. I would suggest learning all you can, if they start talking surgery, as it can really change you. I hope everthing will work out for the best for you, and my prayers are with you man.