I have not been here in a long time due to surgery recovery etc. In Oct 2011 I had a double spine fusion L 4-5 and L5-s1. I had pain for about 5 yrs before I had surgery. Then my leg started limping and buckling and I had a emg which confirmed radiculopathy in both legs. I also have DDD, osteoarthritis, mild scoliosis, facet joint osteoarthritis and disk budges. So the emg showed a pinched nerve in spine as well. The surgeon decided to do the two worst levels even though 3-4 was bad as well. He did an ALIF through the front and figured that would be enough and did not do a 360. Anyway right after surgery I was not fusing and had terrible leg pain so sent me for an SI joint injection which helped right away with my leg and was confirmed I also have sacroillitis. As the months went by I slowly started to fuse and had to use a bone stimulator for help. In the mean time still having severe back pain taking 30mg of morphine every 8 hours and 15mg of immediate release oxycodone for breakthrough pain. Have never been able to go to PT due to pain. I also still limp and have weakness in the right leg when I walk to much. Now I am also getting pain down both legs and a new pain down the back side of left thigh. I am 8 months post op and had my check up and am finally almost fused at both levels from what he can see and I am getting SI joint injections. My life is basically the same pain sitting to long, pain standing or walking to long, and back pain after any activities. I can only stay home and do the basics like cooking and cleaning etc..and even that puts me in terrible pain most of the time. Sometimes feels like my back is just broken in half some days. Anyway he has told me at this last appointment that there is all kinds of bones and fragments and stuff in the back side which might still be causing my pain. The only thing that helped with the fusion through the stomach is that the electric shocks are gone from my leg but I am now having them in my spine which sometimes awakens me from a dead sleep. And a lot of times can't sleep at night due to the terrible leg pains. When I was at the appt he pushed meyer shoulders backwards and I hollered out. After the fusion I can bend forward but not backwards due to extreme pain. So now he is ordering another MRI of my spine and says he might have to go through the back this time and clean out the bony areas etc. a real downer knowing I am probably going to have another back surgery and have been wondering if I should even do it or just live on these high dose medications forever, but today was so bad I practically want to have surgery right now. It's just like please fix this I don't care if it's 50% or 80% better. I can't take this anymore. Has anyone gone through this situation where you had an Alif fusion and it did not take the pain away and so had to have another surgery through the back? Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!