Thanks all for your stories; I myself had fusion surgery 10 years ago & wore that stupid bone stimulator for 6 months, quit smoking & drinking. Surgeon advised fusion took, looked good & released me to rehab & work...Pain increased over time until I was unable to take oral medications. As my surgeon referred me to the Pain Mgmt Specialist w/ the same clinic. He also consistantly told me over the last 8 years that my fusion looked great & my hardware was all in good order w/ no loose screws...lol. After exhausting every oral medication for pain, they implanted a morphine pump which worked great for approx. 4-5 years. Then extreeme nausea, tried every medication on market, no help....So Pain Mgmt / Neoro Surgeron rec. chaning med. in pump to dilaudid - I started blacking out, bladder stopped, along w/ kidneys & I was hospitalized. They would not give me pain meds. as the insurance company had to confirm the dilaudid caused the problem - 3 days later & 4 caths without any pain meds. the drug was out of my system, my bladder & kidneys started working again properly. I was given oral morphine & had to wait 3 weeks to get my pump refilled with morphine; as oral meds. don't work for me. In the hospital my parents were told everything was fine with my fusion & hardware & they might consider having me committed as the pain might be associated with a mental condition....This has alienated me from my family & after much research...turns out my morphine pump is under 2 fda level 1 recalls 1) for pump motor failure / stalls & 2) cathadre blockage / crystalization. Well I'm under workers comp. and my main doctor who originally ref. me to my surgeon & pain mgmt specialist quit practicing; I called everyone in Texas and luckly found only 1 docotor who would take my case as it is 10 yrs old & very complicated w/ the pump recalls. My new doctor first ref. me to a new Neuro Surgeon who had to take new MRI's & X-Rays as my previous neuro surgeon failed to foward my medical records...Turns out I have a failed fusion...after I was told several times over the last 10 years my fusion took and look very good & no reason for my pain...had I known it didn't take I would have taken my long term disability $3,800 a month and retired at age 32...now I'm 42 and without disability coverage & changed jobs & now unable to work w/ extreeme pain while sitting, riding, walking and bending/lifting. I have a new pump doctor who had to get his old computer out of the closet advising that he removed all these recalled pumps 2 years ago...and advised the pump must be replaced & is unreliable as it stalls & then surges causing extreeme pain & then over medication (Medtronics 8627L18). Well I have my prognosis scheduled on this Feb. 23 and pray they can do a synthetic disc replacement as my next disc above the failed fusion is buldging and about to rupture w/ the stress of the hardware & gap where the failed fusion is located. Well that's my story in a nut shell...if anyone out there knows anything about synthetic disc replacement, I would greatly appreciate any information you can provide. And God Bless all of us in EXTREEME Pain as a result of Failed Surgeries, Doctors lieing to cover their asses and insurance companies who don't want to pay for the proper medical treatement; yet are more than willing to take our premiums, often raising them to outragious, unaffordable levels for those of us who are singled out because of our medical condition.