I'm having ALIF surgery on Nov 5th and am pretty nervous. I have been dealing with this spine injury since 1985 and in the last 5 years have been alternating between epidurals and neural block treatments. It's finally reached the point of no return so I agreed to the surgery with a neurosurgeon. Just deciding between and orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon was tough. Has anyone had this and how is the recovery? I have silly questions - like can you wear your own pajamas? How uncomfortable is the brace you have to wear afterwards? Can you drive after two weeks or do you still feeling like dying? I've heard horror stories about constipation and stomach pain. Interested in hearing it all!