After 17yrs of back pain, endless waste of time visits to my GP and thousands of pounds(i kid you not!!) spent on private physio I have finally been referred to a consultant at a specialist hospital. Thanks to a fantastic specialist consultant I have had X Rays, CAT scans, CT scans MRI scans facet joint injections, pain management course and finally last week a discogram. All of these tests have confirmed that I have degenerative disk disease in three of my disks in the lumbar region and that my only option is a three level fusion. This is a major op and i would take great comfort in talking to somebody else that has had/is going to have the procedure. Also if anybody is about to go for any of the above tests and want to know about my experience i'm happy to share.