I am due to have spinal fusion on L3,4,5,S1 (plus partial on L2 as it is unstable. From my research, this is very very extreme. This all started 2 yrs. ago w/2 ruptured discs, then discovering degenerative disease in MRIs. Have been on hydrocodone 10/60 6 a day and soma and this controls pain, I can function. I do not want this surgery. Is there anyone out there who has had this much of an extreme fusion done? And what about post op? And the future? Please help. I can go through it, but I could end up worse, right? I'm a single mom w/3 girls...and terrified.