To try and make a long story short, I am 38 years old, and have already had four back surgeries since 2008 (plus tons and tons of injections over the years, physical therapy, trial of the spinal cord stimulator and am a walking pharmacy. The last surgery was March of 2011 and I had a more extensive two level fusion from L3-5. Typically after I have a surgery I have relief for awhile and then the bilateral leg pain starts back up, changes, etc. So over the past year I have steadily gone down hill with a worsening of leg symptoms to the point it is pretty unbearable. Now my entire legs hurt fronts,sides, backs, all the way down to my feet and toes. It is throbbing, burning, tingly, numb, achy, you name it. My back pain is getting higher and higher in my back, though my leg pain is worse. I Had a recent MRI and met with my surgeon who has done my past three surgeries who I really like..Anyways, so here is the latest and greatest problems. So my bottom disc L5-S1 is collapsing under the pressure of the two level fusion on top of it, and has some lipoma something down there. What was a perfectly fine disc 14 months ago (the previous MRI before the latest) my L2-3 disc now has major spinal stenosis. I heard a lot of "argh but you are so young" and kinda having that all too familiar "your'e screwed look I am getting accustomed to seeing. etc as he was thinking out loud with figuring out the possibilities of 3 level fusion, 4 level fusion and of course looking at the rest of my life. It sounds like for now he is just going to focus on the bottom level and I will have a diagnostic injection to see if that relieves the leg pain at all for my bottom disc, tho he said if it didn't help he wouldn't necessarily taking surgery off the table. I am feeling pretty down because I thought I was done with all of this crap and certainly wasn't expecting on hearing that my L2-3 disc has already deteriorated so quickly. Has anyone had a three level or four level fusion? Is it far worse than a 2 level? Any thoughts?Any success stories? I am scared to have surgery. I am scared to have my bottom level fused which makes sense, but then have my top level continue to worsen. It just seems like it is never ending and I am so sick of being a disabled chick that is in constant pain and watching the toll it takes on my 6 year old daughter. Im scared I am going to end up in a wheelchair at the rate I am going if I do have surgery and if I don't. Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated...thanks.