Updating as it's been awhile since my last update. I have had another MRI and doc has decided to add L4-L5 fusion and microdiscectomy to scheduled (Sept. 10) L5-S1 fusion. Quite nervous at times and I try my best to stay distracted from what is to come. I have been very positive, but I have been a little more anxious than I was before because of the change in procedure. I have all confidence in my physician, and I do not doubt his observations or skill, but I have never had any major surgeries like this besides a wrist surgery I had a little over a week ago. I am feeling great otherwise and needed no pain relief whatsoever for the wrist, which was pleasantly surprising. There has been some discomfort from the incision because it's at the base of my thumb and is transverse, but I am quickly adapting to this. I don't know how to quell this fear about waking up from this upcoming back surgery and not knowing what's going on, being so messed up. I have never had general anesthesia, and I know it's so different from IV anesthesia or IV/local combos because it takes much longer to recover from. Can anyone explain the difference? I know everyone is so different, and I will only know after the fact what that feeling is. Most people don't remember much of the PACU (recovery room) but I am curious to know if anyone remembers this initial stage of recovery. I am spending this weekend making sure that I have everything in its place. Anyone had a microdiscectomy along with fusion?