Hey everyone. I am kind of a mess right now. Long story short, I had a l5-s1 fusion done abut 4 years ago for a major disc herniation. It was great for about 3 years, I had little to no pain. Then about a year ago I started getting pain in my right hip and I thought for sure I had a hip issue. After a couple different docs and a recent CT Myleogram my doc says that now at the l4 level I have stenosis caused by arthritis (overgrown bones and ligaments). For the most part my pain is manageable with over the counter drugs. But I have been reading all kinds of stuff on stenosis today online and I read nothing but horror stories. To the the point I broke down, and I am 36 year old man who does not get upset like that ever. It has all scared me to death to say the least! My doc didn't go into much detail and gave me a script for Nueronitn. I don't know what to think, if I am going to get worse? Does it always get worse or can I stay the same? It's only at the one level, is that better? Am I doomed to eventually get so bad I need surgery? I have had a back problem for 20 years now and I thought I was doing good for once, now this! Is there such a thing as a good story when it comes to this? Like I said I can manage my pain now, some days I feel none. I just don't know what to think. I see a future of misery and I am so young still. Anyone?