I am 43 and have led a fairly active life and am loking at fusions of L5/S1 and disc replacement. I have tried injections and PT with not much relief. I am Type I insulin dependent for 30 years diabetic. I am scared to death but I feel that sx is the only option at this point in my life. I think that early intervention will make less nerve damage pain and recovery and my health diabetes wise isn't going to get any better but I want to hear from people that have had this and had good results. Is there anyone out there?