I have Deg. disc disease, 18 discs gone so far. I am 45 y/o. Back went out 3 weeks ago, haven't been able to walk since then. Had my injection/RFA, my pain guy sent me for and xray right after, then sent me for an ASAP MRI. Pretty scared. Have to meet with a neuro guy next week, have seen him before. He wants to put the cage and porous discs in on at least 3 levels. I am scared to death, nervous as all hell having to make this decision! Does ANYONE out here have an encouraging story for me? My MRI read is very dismal, and at 45, am not sure which way I want to go with this. I though the decision would be easier, but after all of the reading I have done online about what the surgery actually entails, I am having second, third and fouth thoughts! Anything would help! Thanks!