I am an active 40-year-old mother of two going crazy!! At the age of 24, was diagnosed with herniation at L4-5. Went years dealing with flare-ups of intense pain, numbness, weakness, etc. Went through the physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, epidurals. At age 30, diagnosed with severe DDD L2-S1 on top of the L4-L5 herniation. Finally had L4-L5 diskectomy/laminectomy back in August 2009. The herniated disk had actually calcified to the nerve because it was there for so long. Felt GREAT for 4 months. Jan. 1 of this year, reherniated L4-5 and also L5-S1. Had redo L4-5 lami/diskectomy(disk is now completely gone-so have bone on bone) as well as L5-S1 lami/diskectomy. MD did not want to do fusion due to severe DDD at levels above, age and activity level. Now, 5 weeks postop, have reherniated L5-S1! Am frustrated now that i have no option other than to live with pain the rest of my life. I am very active, and the thought of being sedentary scares me more than anything. Quality of life is very important to me. Anyone else with this issue?