Hey all, I am new here. I appreciate all of the postings on here, I could spend years looking through all of them. I was diagnosed when I was 19 (I am 42 this year) with Degenerative Disc disease (they aren't sure whether it's from a Birth defect or an Injury as a small child) and from there my Lower back was first with the trouble and so I had a Discectomy/ Laminectomy at the L4/L5 L/S1 area in 08' and that surgery did not go well. The Surgeon took off 3 Transverse Processes on the Left side so I had some major issues going on because come to find out, he never did the actual surgery ( I was mad because he came highly recommended). He took off the 3 pcs and the MRI looked the same afterwards in 10'. So I then had a Lumbar Fusion in that same year of 10'. Since then I have major scar tissue problems and the pain is ridiculous also my neck started to go and now I have C1, C3 -C7 problem that is going down hill fast. I have issues with both arms and hands. I can no longer Drum and play Bass the way I used too and Life has always been difficult to say the least. Brothers and Sisters, I know some of what you're going through. I do not want to pretend to know your pain or situation but I have been in this for a while. I do not want another surgery because it just feels like none have worked out so far and I don't trust many people after all of the years of listening and doing what Dr's have said to do. Praise God I am able to work from home about 95% of the time and Dragon Naturally Speaking has helped quite a bit with typing on the PC. I have Numbness and tingling down my left leg and pain in that ankle (both since 2007), also I have Arthritis and carpal tunnel in my right hand and wrist and I where a Cervical collar most of the time so I don't do any more damage (or at least I hope not). I feel trapped but not alone thanks to all of you on here, I see there is a good support system and I hope I can help someone else because of what I have gone through and am still going through today.