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Hi I’m new to this web site .. I am 57.. have enjoyed an active life. I have had a bad back for years, got lots of epidurals , meds ,( not a candidate for burning the nerve since my problem is inside the spinal canal. ) The Epidurals and meds allowed me to live an active life , and one that kept my core strong. Now the epidurals don’t work the meds don’t work. I’m taking the max of Ibuprofen allowed.. but I know that is bad for my kidneys and not a long time solution, plus it still doesn’t take all the pain away. My husband had a very successful laminectomy. I went to the place to inquire about it.. I got a new MRI .. that said I had critical central stenosis, bilateral forminal stenosis, spondylosis. The surgeon said I’m in danger of loosing my ability to walk, and loose bowel and bladder control. I do have lots of leg pain buttocks pain .. that’s new. I have tingling of my legs.. they feel like the go to sleep .. but I can still walk fine. Sometimes I pace around because sitting hurts. At work I stand and type on the computer ( LOL ) . Unfortunately my insurance changed what they cover , and they won’t cover the center in which the Surgery will be done. They will cover the procedure, the Surgeon . I than found another spine surgeon who said I really need a laminectomy along with a fusion. That’s the part I’m scared of , the fusion is with screws.. still done minimally invasive. I have to stay the night in the hospital though. The surgeon made sense when he explained why. I just haven’t herd any good things about fusions .. I’m surprised when the forums here how long the recovery is. I’m being told it’s not that long ... everything is based on how I react. They said I can go back to work in a week. I will be in a back brace for 3 weeks. Any success stories on fusion with screws .. I’m really scare but I want my life back.