I had a discestomy L5 S1 Jan 06, Not much relief. Lumber Fusion L5 S1 July 31 this year. I have had a long recovery and I am still in alot of pain. I was in a hard brace for 6 weeks and started physical therapy 2 weeks ago. The therapist is telling me that my spine is crooked and is giving me excercises to do to correct that. The excercises are killing my hip. Also in the last couple of days I have had burning in my back and pain down my leg. My therapist says that it is inflamation, scar tissue or a problem with a new disk. But keep doing the excercises. I am beginning to wonder why I am still in this much pain. I don't know anyone that has had this same surgery in the same area as me and would like to hear some of your stories so I can know if I am healing normally. I don't want to hear any horror stories. I am still too close to the pain for that just yet. Is what I am feeling normal recovery pain?