Hi...I am a 22 year old equestrian athlete. When I was 17 I started having excruciating nerve pain down my right leg. Despite the pain I continued my normal day to day life...horse back riding, working and going to school. I went and saw an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI. I had 3 herniated discs and was diagnosed with DDD. In February of 2005 I went to see a neurosurgeon who told me that I my L4-L5 nerve root was being constricted by a huge herniation. I had a microdiscectomy at L4-L5. The pain finally went away after 6 months. By the 8th month, I had the nerve pain started down my left leg this time. I waited about a year before I went to see any dr. I finally went to a spine surgeon who told me I had and extra vertebrae (L6) and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis with a huge herniation at L6-S1. A month later I underwent a fusion of L6-S1. Nerve pain subsided. However the low back pain persisted. About 6 months later, The nerve pain came back on the right side. MRI said huge herniation at L5-L6 with a tear in the disc. Decided to undergo yet a 3rd surgery and had a disc replacement with Prodisk at L5-L6. In between all of these surgeries I have had epidurals, sacroiliac injections and nerve blocks. Nothing has helped. I live at a constant 9.5/10 of pain every single day. Living on painkillers and muscle relaxers. I still work, go to school and maintain my health. I am in shape at 5'10 and 123lbs. I have scheduled my 4th surgery to have the hardware removed because that is the last option right now. Has anyone had success with the hardware removal? I can't live everyday for the rest of my life in this much pain.