Last year I had the axialif spinal fusion on L5-S1. I knew we couldn't afford it but I felt we had no choice. It took my 5 months to feel better. And this summer I felt great. I thought I was cured and was eager to get back to work and start paying down our debt. I was looking for a job all summer but couldn't find one without heavy lifting. Well, thank God for small blessings because a job might have hurt me more. As it is I haven't done anything strenuous and now my back is hurting again. I know I need to call the Doctor and find out what is going on but I am scared that he will say surgery, PT, or other expensive testing that I can not afford. We are barely getting by now and my husband is working as hard as he can. I can not work and do not qualify for any kind of disability because I was a stay at home mom for the last 5 years. What in the world to you do when you can't afford your portion of your healthcare? My husbands insurance doesn't cover much. And after my last surgery I found the hospital was not very helpful as far as making payment arrangements. As a matter of fact I had to pay my deductible before they would discharge me! I just hate feeling like my husband and young daughter will lose everything because of me.