Spinal stenosis caused by arthritis at l3-l5 and fused at l5/s1.
Having pain in my left foot and it's not horrible now but getting worse and I am sure it will catch up to me eventually. Spinal surgeon says he would fuse those two levels making me fused from l3-s1. From everything I read, once you get into that range of levels it's all bad news. I am 36 years old, I can't believe this is my future. I picture nothing but misery ahead and more surgeries. I feel hopeless about my long term happiness and quality of life. I am so young still. Is there hope? Is there treatments that work? Is a 3 level fused spine basically a sentence to misery? I just don't know. Can't believe this is my life. Sorry to sound so miserable and down but it is really hitting me today what my future may hold.