Hi, I am a 40 year old mother of two +two (my boyfriends children)with a long history of back trouble. As a matter of fact, I don't remember my back not bothering me to some degree since I was about 15. Long story short, I have been told that I have scoliosis,spinal stenosis, sciatica and spondylethosis. The Nuero and Ortho have said that I will need a fusion (L5 and S1, I think) with hardware and decompresion. This was in November of last year. So far, I have been avoiding the surgery by pain management, but I think I have run out of options. I am worried that I will not be able to return to work after the fusion. I work a retail management position that requires that I lift 50lbs often and 80-100 lbs at times. There is also alot of standing and bending. Currently I take Oxy 50/500 4 or more times a day and am in constant pain still. I also have attention deficit disorder and the pain meds and constant pain make it almost impossible for me to concentrate and complete a task. I am in fear of losing my job if I can't get it together. Could you guys give me your opinion of what you think the odds of me being able to go back to work and how soon if so. The neuro and ortho wouldn't give me a straight answer when I asked. I am planning on going to another nuero for a second opinion very soon, not because I don't agree, just because I think it is the smart thing to do. I have been an observer of the forums for a while and I would love to get everyone's opinion on this. Thanks in advance!