Hi all. I found this forum while doing some research on a possible upcoming surgery. I'm not really a spine expert so please forgive me if my terminology isn't exactly correct. A little of my history is that I injured my lower back in high school football back in 1970. The pain got so severe in the mid 1980s that I seriously contemplated suicide because I couldn't really be a father to my two small sons. I had a lot of pain until in desperation I got a fusion of L4,L5,and S1 in 1987 (1). The hardware was removed and cadaver bone added to the fusion in 1989 (2). I was nearly pain free for a little over 20 years (can't complain about that heh?). Life was good. About 6 years ago I had a laminectomy (3) but for the life of me I can't remember exactly where, but it was lumbar. Exactly 6 weeks after that I had a synovial cyst removed from my spine (4). Again, I can't remember exactly where, but it too was lumbar. My old fusion is still fine, but now it seems I have degeneration of L1 and L2. I have a lot of lower back pain, leg pain and now pain in places I'm not crazy about talking about, you know, private parts. Anyway I've been going to a pain specialist and getting steroid injections for about the past two years about every 3 to 4 months. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Last week I saw a neurosurgeon who after seeing my latest MRI suggested a L1-L2 fusion. After looking online I see that doesn't really have a great reputation, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do at this point. I still have to go to work every day, and that is getting very difficult. Well that's my intro. I'll be searching and reading and soon will be asking some direct questions. This looks like the place for good info.