:H Hi I'm new to messaging but have been reading on this site for about 3 yrs. 3 yrs. ago I started having severve problems with my neck shooting pain into right arm ,numbness and tingling in left and right hand.I tried every conservative method you name it I tried it. I finally had surgery fusion on c5-6 of Oct.07.My problems didn't stop there. 1st the Doctor who preformed my surgery his entire practice with colleagues closed.I did my research no one would have seen that coming.Unfortunately he left me in a mess several doctors confirmed I had screws that had back out and a fusion that was not taking place. But none of these Doctors would do surgery at that time and we all know why Liability of another Doctor's mess up.Finally last year after two years of horrible pain and knowing things were not right. A new doctor came to my rescue and agreed to go in and fix things.It was indeed a mess more than Doctor knew until he got in there.The surgery was very rough on me and it took more time than normally to recover.The good news is last week they took more xrays and I'm finally fused!! <:P And all is well with my screws snug as a bug. I know your thinking awesome end of long story. I) Well unfortunately it does not end there over the last 3yrs I have had increasing back pain and leg pain.(I have always had back trouble since teenage yrs. but it came and went)I finally went last summer into the Doctor for my back I'm pretty sure they thought at 1st I'm nuts since I allready had neck issues. I have DD of the Lumbar L4-5 andL5-s1 along with annular tear 4-5,herniated disk L5s-1 along with a bunch of other stuff I won't bore you.Again tried all the concervative stuff but with each passing day things are getting worse numbness in foot(toes),shin,weakness right leg and pain and more pain.Had Diskogram it confirmed L4-5 and L5-s1.I met with my Doctor's colleague in Dallas Tx and I will be having what they call a Hybrid surgery.(Artifical Disk at 4-5 and Fusion 5-s1)I can't believe this is happening to me. I'm 39 yrs. old with 5 children (stay at home Mom since hubby works out of state.)I use to be so active running ,weight training,now I'm lucky if I can walk to the mail box and pick up a small jar on a good day!! I know it could be worse but this is my worse!! Not many people understand at all.Friends have no clue,family tries,Hubby well it hurts me to say they should be the one person who you know would understand and be there for you but that's just not the case!My children try but there kids I don't expect them to.I know it's alot for any one person to get but I know if the shoe was on the other foot I sure would try!Ok so SORRY for rambling on here. Glad to find this site we're everyone is in the same boat.Just spilling my guts helped so much !! Thanks Cheers.