I am new to this website and would love any feedback. I am 33 years old and I am suffering for terrible pain. I would say I have suffered from back epidsodes ( my back would go out and then go into muscle spasms for about 3 weeks) for about 10 years. My last episode in July of 08' was very bad and never got better. I tried all conservative treatment without success. I decided I needed to do something fast because I was not working because of the pain, so I decided to go thru with surgery. I went to see many neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons locally and they said the only surgery that would work was a 2 level fusion however there could possibly be drawbacks later on with adjacent strees at the other levels. I looked at other possibilities such as the artificial disc but the 2 level was not indicated nor was I sure about the drawbacks of that. i found a doc that said the best option was to do a one level fusion at L4-L5 and and an artificial disc at L3-L4. I thought at about 2 1/2 months I was starting to do better and my pain was getting a little better. Then slowly my pain started come back, the dreaded deep aching throbbing pain in my low back. Then, I started getting new pains. I now have stabbing, burning, aching, throbbing in the low back and burning down both of my legs 24/7!!! It definitely seems like my pain is worse now than before the surgery. i am on heavy pain meds: 40mg 2x/day of oxycontin, and percocet 10mg as needed plus Lyrica 150mg 2x/day and muscle relaxers(which i don't think helps). My question is do you think I am suffering from failed back syndrome and if so, is there anything out there to help. I am no way going back in for another surgery!!! The physical therapist won't even treat me because he's too scared about lawsuits. I am trying some stretching and light exercise on my own. Is there anything else I could be trying. Sorry about all this writing but I am just looking for answers because I feel like I could be suffering from this forever!