This may be a stupid question.. but if someone has problems at say L3/L4/L5, why wouldn't it be a good option to just paralyze the patient instead of trying to fix it? I've been reading for the last 3 hours and all i can find is absolute HORROR stories from people who've had fusions, or other surgeries to fix the problem. I for one would rather spend the rest of my life in a wheel chair than in agony. Why wouldn't that be a good option? would there still be pain? I've got DDD and a retrolisthesis. My current state is not nearly as bad as many of you.. but it will be. The only thing i do is take advil (lots of advil / naproxen).. i refuse to get hooked on narcotics and drag my family down with that. I've got alternate plans for when it gets too bad.