Welcome to the boards i'm afairly new chic here also..
What abetafish said is very true they don't or should not do fusions just for back pain, it should be for nerve impingement sciatica/foot drop and so on..
I had fusion for my disc as they were squashing my nerves, But also i have another disc now which is not trapping no nerves yet but they will not touch me. But i have tremendous back pain, My surgery was nearly 2 yrs ago and i am now worse, Most people have had surgery on this board but from what i see they still have probs!!! Some guys come back here and let you know they are fine from what i have heard but for most they have a problem or two, So if i were you i would THINK long and hard!
I don't want to put you off! NO-ONE could have put me off at the time Bear, i would have gone a head regardlessly of what i heard because of my pain, But i would not go through surgery for my disc for all the money in the world again..
best of luck to you dear..
lower Lumber probs.
L2 Bulging, But Docs will not touch as there is no nerve trouble there.
3 Level fusion L3-L4 L4-L5 L5-S1
No better after fusion.
Loss of bladder control (OK NOW )
Lots of physio..
1 Bone scan
1 Cat Scan
Loads of ESI'S
lots of Mediacation and i'm allergic to most of them..
Now Under P/M CONSUTANT HAVE BEEN FOR THE PASS SIX MONTHS..
Need Friends and Comfort, with the odd laugh..