Hi, My name is Alma and I've suffered with leg pain for almost 30 yrs. I had a spinal fusion on L 3 in 2004 and I've done fair part of the time after a long recovery. [I actually was able to walk a mile a day for 5 days a wk until I began having severe burning pain in the bottoms of both feet. This got okay after I quit walking, and started wearing New Balanace tennis shoes and began taking Nuerontin 3 times a day.] A discogram now reveals my 3rd L disk is badly worn, leaking and an MRI revealed it was bulged in Feb. after missing a step coming down off a ladder. He hasn't done another MRI recently or since my back popped and I felt something move; it could be ruptured. I have the same pain as that of a herinated disk, back pain all the time and sometimes in my leg. Now my Dr. wants to do another fusion on my 3rd L disk. I'm down more than up most days getting relief only when lying around taking my strong meds. I can hardly stand the thought of having to go through another fusion; they are horrible! I'm afraid that my condition is only going to get worse; facet joints will eventually get mis-aligned and then bone spurs will form most likely. Has anyone experienced this same problem and have any advice?