Hi. I am 32 years old and am about to have a multi-level fusion (L3-L4 and L4-L5) ALIF & PLIF. I have experienced issues with my back since I was 18 years old. I have had multiple injections as well as nerve denervation. I have been in physical therapy for almost 6 years now. None of this has worked. I am very excited and optimistic about this surgery. I am hoping that this forum can be informative but also serve as a place to get support. My biggest struggle throughout all of these years has been the fact that people cannot relate. Some days I am totally normal (quite strong I might add) and others I cannot roll over in bed. I am not concerned about the physical toll this will take as I have built up quite the tolerance for pain. I am much more concerned about the emotional journey.