Hi, I'm 3 years status post L3-S1 fusion for spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. I was in so much pain and had numbness down the right leg that is permanent now. Recently, one month ago, I fell down a slight hill. I don't even know the mechanics of how I fell. All I know is 2 days later I could not walk. Horrific pain in left lower back, hip and leg. I went to my orthopedic doctor, got a exam, x-rays, MRI. I now have a large herniated disc at L2-3 which is just above where I am fused. I also have spinal stenosis at that level but it's the herniated disc that is causing me the problem. So, I go and get a epidural injection. That was 3 weeks ago. Not much help there. My Ortho doc wants me to have another back surgery. This time same thing as before but at L2-3. So I have a 4 level fusion in my back. I can't get hardly any pain relief. I tried many new medications. Hydrocodone - made me very ill. Tramadol - nothing. no help there. Now I'm on Vicodin 7.5. That helps but it's not doing much to help me daily to do anything. My legs both hurt. I have pain in the lower back. Spasms. I'm getting depressed now. The previous back surgery sucked major and I am not looking to have more surgery but I don't see any options. I don't know how long I will be out of commission with having this one level done. I know he's taking bone from my hip again. That hurt alot but he does not believe in any other bone grafting than using your own. I'm scared too. I have no one to talk to. I'm in pain but nothing I can do except for lay down on my good right side because I can't on my left. Hurts too much. I see my Ortho in a week. If I knew that the down time would be less than the year I had with the prior surgery I think I could handle that. But, again. I don't know anyone who's had this 3 level fusion and then another level which has a herniated disc as well as the vertebra have shifted either backwards or forward. Can't tell on the MRI. But, it moves. Plus, to top things off, the lower portion of my back is curving to the right. Now I have slight scoliosis. I'm just depressed over all of this.