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On Aug 24th I finally had L5/S1 fused. I have been living in alot of pain and under alot of restrictions for 6 years prior. Alot of Drs wouldnt even consider surgery for me because I was so young and I was a smoker. I had one Dr that did tell me the surgery was neccessary but he wouldnt do it either because the condition of the rest of my lumbar discs were in pretty bad shape too and his attitude was that he would just have to keep going back in to fuse another level every year or two so why start!! I then moved on to a Pain Management clinic. Thought that was the greatest thing in the world. Went in biweekly and they did different injections, excercises, medications, ect.. Never once in the 4 years I was a patient there had a problem. I would tell them about new and increased pain and they would double my pain meds and that was it. At the time, I thought that was all they could do. Well then there came a problem with my family and the dr so I stopped going there due to breach of confidentiality!!! I went to my primary dr who had been treating me for years prior to the pain clinic and he refered me back to another surgeon. I did my research and found one that just moved into my area. Took In all my old films, notes, MRI's with me. After a few mintues of him reviewing them and examining me, he told me I needed to have that fused and soon because I was starting to lose the use of my left leg which was pinched by the disc!! All of this would have been found had the pain clinic looked into things and not just upped my meds when I complained things got worse!! Now I have finally gone through with the surgery and I am hoping and praying that one day soon I can run, jump and play with my kids again without that pain.