Hi, new to site, in the UK but looking for something like this site where people who have been through the same & or similar. While writing this I'm recovering from surgery on 26th march 2009, I had left L4 & L5 microdiscetomy. This is 2nd back operation as I had L5 S1 lamanectomy in June 2003, suffered since 2000 & waiting a long time for someone to redo the operation but when surgeon checked it was different to what I'd had done. Father has problems & sister has problems with muscle wasting away, doctors think its genetic? What do other think.