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Hi Everyone! I just got out of the hospial following a L5-S1 Laminectomey and fusion w/ an autograft (they took bone from more the back part of my pelvis). The best part was when I woke up from the anesthesia, I rubbed toes together, and I could feel them. The pain in my leg was instantly gone too! The first 2 days post-op were not easy. I was given a PCA to self adminsiter morphine, but it turned out I was tolerant to it because of the time released morphine pills I was on through the pain clinic. I thought I was going to die! I did have some pain in my legs, but the surgeon said that is most likely due to nerve irritation from the surgery. He was helpful in finding a regiment to control my pain. I was given oxcodone (without the Tylenol so I could take them closer together, I am a little opioid tolerant so the regular Percocet was wearing off after 3 hours.) tramadol, and cyclobenzeprine. Each have a different time schedule to take, but boy oh boy did it help. The silk sheets on my bed made a big difference in allowing me to move in bed more smoothly and safely. I had done so many log rolls to get out of bed or to move to my otheside, my abs are sore! I get up every 2-3 hours to go on a short walk (Im out only 8-10 minutes). When I go on the walks that is when I wear my brace, but if it's to the bathroom and back, my surgeon said it was not necessary to wear the back brace. The PT and OT did a good job in teaching me to keep my balance in walking, and how to get on the toilet, dress myself, etc. I have a hard time asking for help, so the tools they gave me to stay independant were a plus. I dont go back for another 3 weeks for my post op visit where they will x-ray and be sure the bone is fusing properly. All I can say is, I am releived the surgery is done, and my worst fears post-op were null. I hope those of you seeking this surgery as a last resort to pain releif will also have a good outcome. God bless!