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I am scheduled in less than 10 days for a two segment fusion, after a long and hard year and six months of chronic back pain and permanent nerve damage. A year and a half ago I had a laminectomy and decompression at my L4 and L5. I came out of that surgery feeling wonderful, the surgical pain A walk in the park compared to the nerve pain I felt prior to. It was not my lucky day as during surgery my Dura was knicked and within one week post surgery, I developed a very severe spinal fluid leak. I was re-hospitalized where they tried conservative measures to slow the leak down but ultimately, to avoid infection etc., I had emergent surgery where they opened me back up, identified the area patched and stitched. Coming out of the second surgery has presented a whole new set of problems for me, the least of which was saddle anesthesia which includes my vaginal area, the back of my legs down to my knees a portion of my left thigh left foot. My lower back pain, the mechanical pain still persists and I have a whole new set of intense nerve pain. Quite frankly if I could live standing up life would be perfect. Sitting and lying down are the worst. My surgeon says that my case is a gray, not so much black and white. My disc at L4 and L5 has re-herniated and there is moderate to severe stenosis which is causing pain on my L5 root nerve. I asked if we could do a one level fusion, but because, in his opinion, the segment above it is bulging he believes that it will not be able to handle the stress after fusion of the segment below. I am apprehensive for two reasons, of course the experience I had a year and a half ago does not help but in my research and browsing stories of people who have chronicled there post fusion surgery, the one overwhelming thing that I have heard is the lack of success. Given the rough road and challenging journey of healing after this surgery, I am scared to death that this will all be for naught. Any thoughts? How Did you know that this surgery was the answer?