Valley, we all felt like you did before surgery.
I, for one, can say that I'm just sorry I waited so long to have the surgery done. I feel great.
I won't lie to you.. the recovery is frustrating and needs lots of patience, determination, and overall GOOD ATTITUDE, but when you finally go to a store again and not be in pain, it's a good feeling!
I truly believe my good attitude and my outlook to believe this was going to make things better have truly helped. I did absolutely everything they told me.
L3/L4 is a common surgery - sounds like you have faith in your doctor. I am betting you'll do great.