Hello I'm new to the forum. I am 54 year old female in very good health other than my back and the fact that I am 1yr 5months out from stage 3 breast cancer. Doing great. I have been a lifelong runner but relatively short distances. 2-5 miles since I was in my twenties. I had lamenectomy at l3 andl4 in 2002 with very good results until last year I twisted and hurt my back. MRI show no disc between 3 and 4. And degeneration. Doctor recommends fusion. Here is my question. I have almost constant pain down right thigh as well as numbness from knee to ankle along shin area and pain from time to time in my back. Even though it's bad I live a somewhat normal life that's very active. Days include walk or short runs and I have two young horses I'm able to ride. My fear is that I might relieve my pain but lose my activity. Anyone been through a similar experience and if so what were your results and your advice? I also bend well and am able to lift most things if careful how I do it.