Recent xray has revealed that my L4 and L5 vertebrae have fused. I had a partial disc-ectomy about 4 years ago and now have constant pain and morning stiffness. It is relieved by stretching and exercise and daily doses of Aleve, but I am concerned for the future. I still surf and am wondering how this condition may affect me in the future. Should I consider surgery to open the nerve paths through the vertebral opening (what is left of the opening)?