Hi. My name is Nichole. I am 39 years old and have suffered with chronic back pain for over 8 years now. I have moderate to severe lumbar scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylothesis, and radioculapathy. I have had 2 spinal fusions, the first was Jan 9, 2008 and was a TLIF at L4-5, and L5-S1. I have had a terrible year struggling to recover and continued to be in pain. One level of the fusion took, but the other didn't. On Feb 23, 2009, I underwent the revision surgery, this time the ALIF. I am suffering so much with the pain now not only in my back but in my abdomen area. I continue to have terrible pain in my legs, mostly my right leg and occassionally my left. Alot of my pain also appears to be coming from my pelvic bone on the left and right side of my butt area. It is very tender to even touch that area. I struggle to walk at night after being up on my feet during the day. I have to use my walker or cane to assist me, particularly if I lay down. I am so discouraged I don't know what to do. I cry alot because I hurt so much and feel so guilty for my two children who are 10 and 14. My husband is active duty and is away alot. Any advice would be appreciated or if anyone has experienced this I wouldn't feel so alone. Nothing ever seems to make it stop hurting, nothing. Pain meds only take the edge off, and who wants to live on pain medications? My neurosurgeon wants me to strongly consider the spinal cord stimulator after 6 more weeks of healing...I'm just really torn about that. It's another procedure, well, actually another 2 procedures. One for the temporary placement, and one for the permanent placement. I just don't want to go through that and the expense of it if it's not going to work. Thank you for reading my story and offering any advice.