I ruptured one disk about 20 years ago. Pain worse than any sane person can imagine. I thought I was tough until this happened. Cried like a baby. God bless you having endured two.
I have arranged things in my life that I can spend a significant portion of the time lying down. That keeps me fairly pain free and from needing drugs every day. I limit my activities to short bursts. I don’t go to sports events, concerts or hikes.
But I do a little gardening, go to church, and half-hour grocery shopping.
I am so glad Al Gore invented the internet, I would be stark-raving mad without it. Things could be much worse and there are many people in worse shape than me. I can manage.