Last week was my second anniversary after my L5-S1 laminectomy and fusion.
At 2 years I am basically pain free day to day doing normal activities so i want to give everyone hope that there can be a pain free existence after major back surgeries.
I must admit that I stopped doing my daily stretches several months ago and I know that I need to resume these and keep up with both stretches and core muscle exercises. A case in point is yesterday - I did a 4 mile walk that involved about 300 steps up and down a pathway up a hill and after that I carried about 80 lbs at one time (two large pails of sea water - I have a salt water aquarium) briefly. So, today, my lower back muscles hurt a bit. I have experienced this before and must get back onto my stretches and core muscle exercise regime.
If you click on 'View my story' below in my signature there is a lot more information about my case; my progression; what worked for me.
So, please don't give up hope if you are 1, 2, 3, 6 months or so out and still in pain. Recovery takes a long time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
...an old timer here and ex-moderator