My name is Henry Janis and I am a 28 year old EMT who was working towards the fire service in Chicago, Illinois. I injured myself in November of last year. Two herniated discs, L4-L5 and the ever popular L5-S1. I had a microdiscectomy that did not work because the nerved had been damaged and scar tissue built up which is essentially causing stenosis. Did about 15 weeks of PT, prior to and after the microdiscectomy, had just recently had an epidural steroid injection (Which didn't work). The shot actually made it worse and I am just writing to get peoples opinions on fusions. I am VERY worried that due to my career the fusion could harm me in the long run. I am in the process of researching and talking to other MDs and Surgeons just for different opinions. How did you feel about your fusions? I am just very anxious as I have been hurting since November. It is very discouraging when even getting out of bed is a challenge. I welcome and appreciate all of your input. If I put this in the wrong forum area I apologize.