I am a 33 year old Army veteran that has a history of re-occuring back problems. The VA in Nashville always blew me off and gave me crappy treatment...but I now live in Fargo, and the VA here took the time to give me an MRI as well as a bone scan. I have problems (huge buldging disks) with my L4,L5,S1 disks, as well as arthritis in that area on the right side. It's gotten to the point that I am in terrible pain...and all I want to do is feel normal again! My neuroroligist and ortho back specialist are starting to talk about surgery...and I'm worried! What are the best corrective surgeries for this? Do they perform that type of corrections (disk replacement VS. fusion)? I've heard horror stories about back surgeries...I'm really worried about making the right decision...and pushing for the right one if they don't offer it to me! I'm too young to be in this much pain! Any suggestions or info would be GREAT!!!!!