hi, I wanted to introduce myself and tell you about my situation. I was hoping to get some advice or just connect with someone who might understand what I am going through. That is my issue, I am 30 years old and I am in SO much pain and no one understands. So this is what is going on with me..... about six years ago I first started having back pain, it eventually got to the point of where I was in so much pain, it was in my lower back and going down my right leg and I couldn't walk. I tried everything before surgery, I tried accupunture, accupressure, massage therapy, physical therapy in and out of the water, steriod shots, nerve blockings, medicine patches, chinese herbs, and a million different doctors. I went to pain management doctors, physical therapists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, neurologists, spine specialists, u name it and I have went. I finally made the decision to have a microdisectomy on my L5/s1 disc. and to top that off the surgeon said I had an unusual spine that the discs did not lay correctly so my l5/s1 disc might be someone else's l/4 disc. But anyway I trusted the doctor I finally had the surgery with. I had it and within 6 months I was back to work part time but still in pain just not as much as before and then slowly it got worse and worse the pain, it was unbearable, couldn't walk again and couldn't feel my right foot. doctor said if I wanted to experience walking again and minimal pain there was no choice that I had to do anothery surgery. This time it was a spinal fusion on TWO discs... my L5/S1 and L2/3. Well two years will be in this coming October and thank goodness I am counting my lucky stars to be walking, I am thankful for that but If I knew what I knew now with all the side effects of medicines and conciquences I don't know what I would go back and do. I have been on every drug there is and I am in still in tremendous amounts of pain on a daily basis. Writing this I am crying cause sitting here even hurts. I have been through physical therapy again off and on, accupunture , shots, oral medicines and nothing just pain, misery and sadness. Please help if anyone can whether its just a word of advise, a friendly hello or anything. I will give whomever reads my own advice to them, don't have surgery if you can avoid it cause once the doctors cut you and you are out of the hospital they really don't seem to care. At least I have not met one yet who does. Once you have surgery barely any doctor will take on your case and thats where the hard part comes in, cause its no ones fault and u just want help, and no one will help me now. Good luck to those who need and thank you for anyone reading this because I try and stay positive!!