I've had pain for many years now in my lower back. A little over two years ago I had a 2 level fusion of L4/5 and L5/S1. One level did not take and after fighting with my doctor and getting worse by the day I got a second opinion. Come to find out he said I would never fuse in that area without a revision. I had also been walking around with loose hardward and micro fractures in my sacrum area and around one of the screws. Needless to say the second doctor did the revision and I am was better than before. Solid fusion both levels and loss of leg pain. The new pain is worse and never stops. I'm over medicated and a recovering alcoholic of 4.5 years. It is hard for a person like me to take narcotics but it is now a necessary evil. I'm going in for a medial branch block next week in hopes of getting some releif. If that does not work we will try to take out the hardware which my doctors say could be part of the problem. All I can say is I am tired and very frustrated.