Hi, my name is Marie.I am 36 and had emergency discectomy laminectomy at L4/L5 september 2010 for Cauda Equina Syndrome. Since then I have had further prolapse at L4/L5 and L5/S1 as both of these. Have degenerative disk disease. I also have foramina narrowing at L5/S1 which is permanently crushing the sciatic nerves.I live in the UK and the nhs were slow to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome despite lots of red flag signs. As a result I am left with nerve damage, pain in the back, hips, buttocks,hips, thighs, calves, heels, feet and toes. I am lucky I can just about walk albeit very slowly and with a stick, but I do have leg weakness, foot drop and paraesthesia of the feet. My whole world has been turned upside down. I also have a 2 year old daughter, and feel awful that I cannot do lots of activities with her that I would like to do. To make matters worse she was born 14 weeks premature weighing a tiny 1lb 14oz. She spent her first 3 months in the neonatal unit fighting for her life. Thankfully she is fit and healthy now. My neurosurgeon has put me on his NHS fusion waiting list. He has put me on his urgent list, but that is still about 30 people in front of me with regular cancellations due to medical emergencies. I have already gone down the route of nerve root block injections, physio, hydrotherapy to very limited succces and a recent discogram which confirmed that I would benefit from the fusion surgery. It is a two level PLIF I will be having, but due to previous surgery they will need to go in slightly off centre due to existing scar tissue. If any of you would care to share your experiences of PLIF 2 level L4 L5 + L5 S1 fusion I would love to hear from you. Also if anyone had this done on NHS how long did you have to wait for surgery and what was your recovery. Like? Thanks guys - this website is a life saver.