Hi everyone! I'm sorry it has been so long since I was on here, but let me re-fresh you all. I was injured in Aug '09 at work. I ruptured disc between L4-L5, have the L3-L4 bulging with sciatic impingement on left side. After all the red tape with the work comp people, I was placed with a surgeon of supposed high ratings. Upon seeing him, he said that not only did I have injury from fall, I also had DDD. After about 9 months of seeing him, MANY injections of all types (epidural series, facet injections, and even a radio frequency nerve ablation), Nothing worked for more than a day or two. In January this year, I slipped on the ice in my driveway and landed on my butt. I, being honest, told surgeon i fell and was told that it was no longer considered work comp and now it was a "new injury" and that he could still treat me but on pvt insurance. Since then, I have gotten my own family dr to refer me to a different surg. After Mri, he concluded that now not only was L4/L5 ruptured, so was L3/L4 and severe bulging to the right which is pinching the nerve to the point of a completely numb left leg. He then informed me that not only was this more than likely the original injury, but now surgery is inevitable. Just updating you all on the fact that I now am scheduled for fusion of both areas on the 20th of October 2011. Thank you all for your help in the past. I now am needing some success stories as my wife is very worried about the procedure.