I have had two back surgeries first one in 2006 which went well for a few years, I continued to do work that my surgeon then warned me would cause problems later if I did not changer careers, I continued with working in 2010 the pain returned by 2012 I was told by my new surgeon if I did not have this second surgery in 5 years I would be in a wheelchair or using a walker, I thought I would have same results as first surgery, NOT the case, I have not gotten any relief and the pain has gotten worse over the last 2 years, I have rods from L2 down to L5 SI fusions, I have had injections been on pain medication I thought would be no longer needed after the 2nd surgery in 2012, now my surgeon has told me that with surgeries similar to mine they now have found it causes SI dysfunction, he now wants to do an SI fusion, I have just recently had only 1 of 3 bilateral SI injections, because I said for the first 2 hours after he did the numbing medication to do the injection I had relief until that wore off and pain level went from a 7 to a 6 the first few hours and back to average 7-8 daily he feels that the SI is the problem and wants to go ahead with this SI fusion, I have not had an MRI since the last surgery, I told him I would proceed with 2nd injection as scheduled but want a current MRI before I decide to do yet another surgery, I am over the idea of having any more surgeries and over having to take medication he seems to think this is my cure.....I have pain that is from my upper back that radiates down to my buttocks both sides burning always, into both of my legs not just the left as in 2006, recently the soles of my feet have gone numb, I also have numbing in my arms and hands where my finger tips take a few hours to stop tingling at times, I am concerned that this is not the answer to lets just do an SI fusion and it should "fix" your pain and problems. I miss having my career I have not been able to work for the last few years, I miss my daily enjoyment of life I once had! Is my surgeon making a decision too fast to lets just do another surgery or will this surgery bring some "life" back into my daily living? I called today to check on the MRI approval with the insurance company and his office has yet to request the MRI, I am going to have the injection in the morning and will ask him when his office plans on submitting the papers for approval on the MRI, I have a web site for their office to send request to for a quick response in hand. I just had a MRI of my elbow at same office with a different surgeon that was done and approved in 2 days, I cannot lift a gallon of milk with my right arm at all, that is an entirely separate issue from my back surgeries that started a little over a year ago in left elbow and went to right elbow where the bone is sticking out, I will see that ortho surgeon at same office on Wednesday for follow up and treatment plan for that. I just feel my back surgeon is too "lets line them up schedule another SI fusion" was his exact words when he left the room after my exam and I could hear him talk to his staff and they were laughing like alright we have another one, that bothered me even more after hearing that, and after learning his staff has yet to submit the MRI request yet today from my insurance company makes me very hesitant to go any further with any treatments. What exactly will an SI fusion do with someone who has had 2 back surgeries already before age 48 and now at 51 I am so over the constant pain, doctors, medications, has anyone had the same experience after 2 back surgeries and rods and fusion from L2 to SI that could offer any advice? I just want to have some life and enjoyment of daily life I used to be all of my life up until the surgery in 2012?!