After a long year in 2011 of pain injections, therapy, chiropractic, decompression, epidural, pain meds then finally 2 level lumbar fusion...I am still in terrible pain! It's been over a year and I felt as though no one has listened to me. I had surgery laster year bc I was told with the degenerating disc that were bad I should be much better after surgery. I have been in hell!!! It's worse now. Instead of SI Joint pain, after surgery I now have horrible back pain and spasms. To get the the point - 2 months after my surgery I realized I was worse so I applied for disability bc I couldn't work and no more money. I am in 24/7 severe pain. I want to get well and am desperate! Today I got bummed out and was at wits end and decided to call my ortho AGAIN just to see what could be done. I can't get into the neurosurgeon until 2 weeks. After 3 hours today and going through thousands of questions and motion test, he asked if I would let him do another pain injection in my SI, even though last year it didn't give relief. He did and it gave me almost 50% relief! It still hurt like crazy but I could tell some inprovement. I could have cried. Then he looked at me and said I was right the whole time. It was always my SI joint. He mentioned that I'd have to have a fusion but he didn't know anyone who did them and he had only done 1. So...who knows when I'll be able to have surgery bc they have to find a good surgeon and the big part is I have to have the money. That is the big reason I applied to SSD. I want to get well...but I can't afford it and I sure as heck can't work. So I'm curious. To the people who have had this surgery, how has it helped with the pain. Has it improved your life? Oh and HELLO!!!