I am 21 years old and one of the best neurosurgeons in the state of Illinois has been trying everything to get my spinal fusion surgery approved. After trying everything they can, including appeals, I am forced to turn to having a neurostimulator device put in. I suffer from awful sciatica due to a disc space collapse at L5-S1. I have degenerative disc disease and had a herniated disc removed last January. I did great for a few months, but then my leg starting giving out and my doctor confirmed a disc space collapse and put me through injections and therapy. When those didn't help, we decided to schedule a fusion, but when the insurance wouldn't approve it we cancelled it and I've been stuck since. Are there any ways I can get through to Healthlink and get them to approve my surgery?? I can't live like this my whole life. Something has to be done.