My name is Melissa and I am 57 years old. I have had cervical and lumbar problems for years. I had a c5-6 fusion 2 years ago and an RF on my lumbar L4-5,L5-S1 in 1999. I am scheduled to have a posterior foraminotomy at C4-5 and C5-6 in December. We are also trying to see how to treat severe lumbar pain. I have had MRIs, x-rays and CT on cervical and not lumbar. The CT clarifies my problem which is boney buildup. I may see if a lumbar CT would be of benefit. About a month ago I went through epidural injections with some relief. At least I can now stand up straight but pain still a problem. I had a medial branch block last week as a diagnostic test for RA but had what they call negative results. I only had about 20% improvement so another RF was cancelled. Even though I have some nerve rootlet incroachment in lumbar per MRI, I don't have any neurological problems in lower extremities so surgeon is not recommending a decompression or fusion. I have taken Oxycontin for several years for chronic pain. I have also gone through years of PT, I have done accupuncture, massage therapy, TENS, and most everything. I see my surgeon next weeks to see what he will recommend next and I am very afraid that there are no more options for me and that I will just have to live with this horrible pain and inability to stand up straight. I cannot go through more PT, accupuncture, etc. I am also concerned about the cost and had hoped to have cervical and lumbar surgeries at the same time. I know that I am not alone. I am not sure which forum to comment in because of the cervical and lumbar issues but I feel as though I have run out of all options and that my situation is hopeless. That is why I am reaching out to others with similar experiences. HELP!