Hello all, I am new to this site. I have been having back and neck pain for about 3 years with a constant headache. I have been seeing my DR to work on the headaches when my back hurt so bad one day I couldn't get out of bed. I had an MRI and found out today that I have to have a 3 level fusion at L3-4 L4-5 and L5-S1. I am a 29 year old mother of 3. For the last 3 years I have felt like I am 129 not 29. I am scared and I was told I have to have the surgery done ASAP as my spinal nerve roots are being crushed. I heard it takes a year to recover. Please share stories or advice. I don't really know what to expect.