Hey everyone.. I have been reading this forum for awhile, thought I would join today!! I have been dealing with lower back problems since 2007. Done the injections (way too many to count), PT w/water therapy, tens, pills ect.. I have had 2 back surgeries l4-l5 fusion 12-30-08 and woke up in even more pain that never went away!! Had a repeat discogram by my surgeon late August 09 and was back in surgery 10-15-09 for an extension of my fusion down to the s1 level. That fusion went so much better and alot less pain postop but back pain never really went away. Well pain is still there so we are going in on 12-29-10 to remove the hardware hoping that will help calm my pain down. I am mostly having lower back pain, hip pain and left leg pain. I may have to have an internal bone growth stimulator put in during this surgery to help the bones fuse better or could end up with my hardware being left in longer. But I am so hoping my surgeon just gets to remove the hardware and all done!! I was also diagnosed with Lupus after my second fusion and just had an abdominal hysterectomy in may (was hoping that would help some of my lower back/hip pain but that wasn't why I had it done!). I go to a wonderful PM doctor and currently just doing medications until after this surgery to help with the pain. I guess enough about me:) Thanks for reading!!