Well, Sept. 12th was a year ago I had my L4/L5 fusion, laminectomy, discectomy, instrumentation surgery. I can only say that the pain is worse then it was before surgery. Before surgery I only had back pain. Now I have nerve pain down my leg. The dr. thinks scar tissue pressing on the L4/L5 nerve root. That will never go away unless they go in and take out. It only comes back though. The pain across my back is horrible. I started using a cane again if I need to walk any distance. I'm on so much meds. Still on the Oxycodone. Taking Skelaxin, Lyrica. When does it end? I asked the surgeon if this is as good as it gets. He said he hopes it gets better. I knew there were no guarantees but I did hope for the best. It had to be done. I never thought the rest of my life would be pain. You don't realize how much your life changes. I'm sure everyone can relate. Sorry to be a downer. I'm just sitting here in pain ready to take my Oxycodone before bed. I was forced to take early retirement at 42 years old. Got denied social security and appealing. So, less money and a life change. There are days I feel guilty about not working anymore. Then, reality hits with horrible pain and I know I did the right thing. Oh well. Thanks for listening.