I have had my nerves burnt in the L5 area, and also cortizone shots. I still to this day am in pain but not as severe. Of course I cant lift weights or do major yard work, but at least I can stand at the sink and do dishes with out hurting so much. I dont think there will ever be a “complete fix” for what we have. I too have Degenerative bone & joint disease. No one understands what we go through. The fusion will help with the “BAD” pain, but as for it to “GO AWAY” for good I dont think it will happen…it will just put it in the range of 1 to 10 (10 being the worst) it will be in a 3-4 range (which I am somewhat happy with).