I have had lower back pain for about 2 years now. I have had two MRI's done. The last one was almost a year ago. I am in severe pain in my lower back, right hip and down my leg. I had a spinal nerve block injection put in there about 2 months ago. It only took the edge off (not complete relief) for about 3 weeks. I have taken Celebrex for months and have had Neurontin and have recently change that to Lyrica. If the Lyrica doesn't work they are talking about back surgery to fuse two vertebrae together. I am getting worse. I just went to the ER the night before last because I took my regular daily dose of Celebrex and Lyrica was still in bad pain so they gave me a prescription for Oxocodone and Flexaril. I don't need the Flexaril because its not muscle pain -- its my nerve because I have femenoral narrowing -- on the nerve. I got up this morning and was in so much pain I could hardly move. I made it to a kitchen chair at my dads and was crying I was in such severe pain. I took one of the oxicodone pills and told my husband that if it didn't help he was going to have to take me back to the ER. I could hardly move and couldn't get out of the chair and just sat there crying in pain with sharp pains shooting from my back to my hip and down my leg. It finally took the edge off the pain so I could move without yelling and crying in pain. However, my leg and foot sort of went numb a little bit. I'm scared to death to let them do the fusion on my spine! I think this is major surgery, isn't it? I worry about recovery time! Will it be worse than my hysterectomy? I am scared to death! I am always scared of the unknown -- and this scares me to death! I am looking at having it done the last week in July. We go back to school (where I work) the 3rd week in August. I guess I'll be out of work a while, huh? Someone give me some advice, please?!?! Should I be scared?