Just figured out how to do this properly lol. My name is Jenniffer and i'm working on my 2nd spinal fusion in August. My story starts back in 1995 when I was in an accident with a semi, and even though it was a minor accident it put my back out of place. I had managed it for about 9 years with chiropractic care until the one day I must have pushed myself too far and I basically ended up with a broken back. I had 2 slipped vertebrae, a buldging disk, and the dr found I had DDD. We tried several differnt things (therapy, back brace, injection) before he decided surgery. December of 04 I had spinal fusion at L5-S1 along with decompression. I felt better for about a month, then ended up feeling worse than I did before surgery, and it hasnt stopped. I had been on disability since the dr said I couldn't work anymore, up until last October when I was told by my disability company I had to go to school to get trained for a different vocation (I had always worked in physical labor jobs). Once I started having to drive 45 minutes to school each way and sit in classes for 4 hours I started feeling even worse than before. When it got to the point where I couldn't even walk the one morning I went back to my dr who sent me for an mri and and EMG (I had also been complaining of numbness, tingling, burning, felt like bugs munchin on my legs for years). Turns out I have stenosis at L4-L5 and the nerves coming out between those vertebrae are pinched severly, and that I also have nerve damage and inflammation in my legs now. He suggested at first we do the shots, I said no. They had always made me feel worse and hurt alot more than before. I am now scheduled for a fusion (August 21) at L4-L5 and they will be taking out the screws that were put in at L5-S1. When we decided to do the surgery, he looked me right in the eye and told me flat out that I would be looking at these kinds of surgeries for the rest of my life, due to my disks wearing away. That is something hard for anyone to face, much less a single mom at the age of 32. I stumbled on this site actually looking for information on pregnancy after fusions. My desire is differnt than most that I read on here though. I myself do not want anymore children and I was looking for information to take to my dr to support my wanting certain parts being taken out. I was on the depo shot before and during my first surgery but was then taken off of it. Once my periods started coming back, so did the cramps. They were so debilitating, I would not be able to even walk for 2 days straight. I would like to get off the depo shot for good, just need to find a dr sympathetic enough to do the operation. Thanx for letting me rant, and I enjoy hearing from all of you!