I have ruptured my disks between L4-5 and L5-S1. Am I too young for back surgery? I can still walk, but carrying my children is becoming a problem. Plus I want to have more kids but I don't know if I can go through the pain. My father has a 5 level fusion in his neck and is fused from his L5 up to his Th 7 in his lower back. The fact that he can still walk is a small miracle. I am afraid this is what my future may hold. Anyone else have degenerated disk disease run in their family?