Hi all! My name is AJay and I am a 27 year old female who has been struggling with back issues for the last 5 years. I have DDD and 2 years ago I had 2 discectomies. Here I am now looking at a spinal fusion surgery. I am struggling with my decision. The pain is certainly affecting my every day life. I have 3 children 6, 4 and 2. Taking care of them all day while my husband is at work has become nearly impossible. I found this forum while doing my research on spinal fusion surgery and whether this is the best decision for me. I am so young and I know that the fusion will put more stress on my other discs and muscles and will more than likely end up in more surgeries in the future. I have taken steroids and done physical therapy with no relief. I am hoping to find all of the information I need to make the best decision for me and my family.