I posted in the newbie forum and someone suggested I post one of my questions here. Here goes, I am a 40 year old mother of 2 (+2, my boyfriends) and I have been told I need a fusion of L5&S1 with hardware and a decompression. I have scolioses,spinal stenosis, DDD, and spondylethosis. My career is in retail and requires I lift 50 lbs often and 80-100 lbs at times. I spend a lot of time on my feet and also some bending. My question is this: In your opinion and from your experiences, what are the odds that I will be able to return to this job, and if so, how long before I would be able to. I asked this question when I saw the neuro and ortho and was not given a straight answer. This was last November and I have been going to a Pain management docter to avoid the surgery. I also have attention deficit disorder and the combination of the pain and the meds have made it impossible for me to focus,make decisions, and complete tasks. If I continue like this, I will loose my job anyway and then I won't have insurance to pay for the surgery. If anyone could give me some guidence, it will be very appreciated. I have been an observer of this site for a while and have gathered a lot of valuable info so far.