I have been dealing with back pain for a couple years now. I have leg pain and lower back pain. I had 3 epidurals which has helped the leg pain but has done nothing for the back pain. After multiple opinions it seems my only option is a L4,L5, and S1 fusion. Here is my dilemma, I am a 27 year old male, I am extremely active working out 5-6 times a week and also work in heavy construction. The doctors would rather me try and hold off as long as possible due to my age by taking it easy and focusing on just my core strength. I stopped working out for almost 6 months and have been on desk duty at work and it hasn't changed. I recently went back to working out a couple times a week just because i mentally couldn't take being a couch potato anymore. I am not in excruciating pain its just a constant nagging pain. Not being able to do things that I enjoy and the constant aching is changing me, i am becoming very nasty and angry towards my wife and its putting strain on our marriage. I have become obsessive with my back spending most of my time reading articles and forums trying to make a decision. It is effecting my work, i cant concentrate on anything but making this decision. I am just looking for some advice should i just bite the bullet and get it over with? I have a 6 month old daughter i don't even enjoy her the way i should because of this. I know its a long recovery but what is life like after? How active can i be? I am just tired of feeling this way and i any advice from people have dealt with this would help me tremendously.