Hi, I am now 3 years post op L3-S1 fusion for spinal stenosis and herniated discs. I've got the rods and screws etc. I think 8 screws and 2 rods. I'm 62 years old and in mostly good health. I do my routine checks with my Ortho doc and he says I have a problem above the L3 more spinal stenosis and bulging discs. Because I still have pain every day since the surgery to begin with he has not pushed the surgery above as he said " Where do we stop".. Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. Sure I can go out and walk now but now before I take 3 Vicodin 5-325 and one muscle relaxer. I used to be able to walk only about 1/2 hour but can now walk quite a bit. The only problem is that I suffer days afterwards when I take long walks. My Ortho is not one to go heavy on any pain medication and I have not asked for much. I did tell him I do take up to 3 Vicodin at one time and up to maybe 6 a day - no more than that. I use Lidoderm patches also on my lower back which seems to be where the pain is localized. He's wanting me to remove the hardware and I say no way. I've never had such pain as when I had the initial back surgery. I'd never want to feel that again, or even wish it on my worst enemy. Recently I fell on my right side down a hill ( I'm the clumsy type) anyway, initially it was sore but now the lower back will not stop hurting. It wasn't a horrific fall over rocks and stuff just on dirt but I'm afraid that maybe I jarred something and my hips might be off? Or alignment might be off. I have an appointment in 10 days to see my Ortho and maybe he'll take an x-ray to see but OMG this burning pain in my left low, low back just above hip is killing me. Anyone out there had such a problem? Can it be the hardware? I'd go to a Chiropractor but I'm deathly afraid of them. I don't want them cracking me at all. Maybe some PT might help? I sure wish I could get some stronger pain medication so I can at least have a pain-free day but he's one to go about giving medications; also he wants me to get a steroid back injection, which I've had in the past , at least 6 and they never helped at all not even for a week. So why spend the money I'd have to put out on my part for something I know does not work on my back pain. So, anyone out there ... help!