I have had two surgeries to this point. I have been informed that I can expect to be in a wheelchair in about 5 years. The causes are multiple; accidents while trucking; my weight and natural birth issues. My first surgery was in 2005 and I had neck fusion that was performed flawlessly. I still get some pain from this area though. 2 discs and three vertebra were included in this surgery. After a really bad injury when a truck hit my truck in 2008, I was again going through PT and every pain management technique I could lay my hands on. My lower back was affected this time. Eventually in 2009 I had to do something to try to lessen the pain after a trip of 12 hours my hip had locked and I was nearly unable to go from the car to the house. This was a trip of about 50 feet.I sat down and took NSAIDS. No luck after an hour. I had to have my 120 daughter attempt to assist me back into the car and drove the two blocks to the hospital. They gave me a shot in my hip and sent me on my way. This of course did not last. Two weeks later and three visits to the doctor I was still in pain and had no positive outcomes in sight. After various doctors and tests that more resemble torture I was told that 3 of my discs would have to be removed and possibly a fourth. I asked that only three would be removed as the chance of recovery lessened as more discs were taken out and fused. L3/4; 4/5 and 5/S1 were fused and had bars implanted. The surgery was long but 'successful' at least according to the surgeon. My perception was less as the pain persisted. I was told that this would lessen as time progressed. It actuality the opposite was true. After extensive time at a PT hospital I was released and had to journey on a bus toward home. It was 4 hours while I was still hurting. I am the only driver in my family and so I had no one to come and get me. This was the only way I could return to my family. The surgery was in Eastern Kansas and I was located in Western Kansas. My surgeon had me going to a local PT so I could get better. After several months they released me as I had fallen while in their care and had not progressed to any degree. That means my insurance stopped paying them. Now I ma left with pain in my lower back, pain in my shoulders and my mid-back is inflamed due to a curvature of my spine in the middle. I had to release my position as a special education teacher of behaviorally challenged youth due to the requirement of the need to possibly take down a student (s) who could be endangering others as demanded it. I eventually became totally disabled. I now sit at home and do little. I cannot stand or sit for periods exceeding 10 minutes; I cannot lift more than 10 pounds; I cannot walk more than 100 feet without stopping and taking a break. The pain continues and I am still on the powerful drugs that were prescribed by the surgeon in 2009. SOMA and Vicodin are not good for you in this duration. I know this, but nothing moderates the pain enough to allow me to have what little movement that I do. This account took me 2 hours to write as I had to take breaks to rest. Pain besets me and I have tried to consult with pain management doctors. The costs are beyond what I make from Social security. One procedure using the floroscope and a shot to my S1 cost nearly 4200 USD. I had to pay 20% of that. This has been done twice before I received a bill for my portion. I have asked that doctor to release me back to my Primary care doctor as I cannot afford his services. If anyone has any ideas I would welcome them. God Bless.