So I am having my 2 level fusion tomorrow morning, Tuesday November 18th in Dallas. I am very scared due to things I have read. I have gone through years of injections, PT, traction, medications, steroids, etc. and nothing has helped the pain. The mylogram showed a fracture in my L5/S1 and severe disc degenerative disease in both levels. The discogram produced the pain I am having in those two levels. The pain I have is in my side and feels like my hip is locked. They say it is from the fractured disc which is leaking the nucleus on my nerves causing this pain. I have lots of weakness and have gone from being an avid golfer, skier, and ice skater to not being able to do those things anymore. I experience my worst pain at night when I lay down. I am not disabled at this point, but I can feel my body deteriorating. I get these spasms in my back on a daily basis. I do not have leg pain at all. I have some numbness in my big toe but that's it. I have stopped doing the things I like. After about an hour of shopping, I am in a lot of pain and have to go home. Here is my question: When do you know this is the right surgery? Has anyone had a fusion at these two levels? What was it like? I could postpone my surgery but I have exhausted all pain management (which doesn't work) and the surgeons say this is my only option left and it isn't a guarantee. I am scared. Some people have said for me to wait till I am almost disabled before I do this surgery. But then I worry about my health and being able to handle the surgery. Right now I am in pretty good health. I am not over weight, I do not smoke or drink, and I am 43 years old. I also have anxiety so I worry about the surgery making me feel confined which will set off my claustrophobic symptoms. Please share any experiences here or comments. I go today for my preop and have tons more questions than my last visit.