Hi, I am an otherwise fit and healthy 33 year old suffering from osteoarthritis of the lower spine. It has been getting progressively worse and I was referred to a neurosurgeon who has recommended I have a spinal fusion. He is highly respected in his field and I have no doubt he will do a good job but I am so scared at the thought. On days like yesterday where I could barely walk I was determined to have the operation but then I have days where the pain eases off and I think that I would be crazy to subject myself to back surgery. I have been thinking of taking up yoga to help me but I don't think this will be a cure-all. I would love to hear from others who have had similar experiences or concerns.