Hi All I am a newbie....actually I have been spying for a while. Sorry to all that have suffered:( And great to all of you who are fighting your way back. I am 4 weeks post op from a L4-S1 fusion and wondering if I am ever going to be the same? This all started 5 years ago with a fall from one of my precious rescue dogs. Well blah blah blah. We all have our own story don't we any way, as most of you. PT 7 times, mylograms, discograms, countless epi injections, prednisone, L4-L5 lami (staff infection afterward) 7 months of IV vaco. I feel like I went from 35 (time of acident to 105) anyway. Doc. did 5.5 hour surgery and said there was a lot of scar tissue (his words) like pulling a noodle out of cement. Now I have severe leg pain. I am in more pain now than before my surgery and my mobility is that of a toddler learning to walk. As I told my NS at my post op he said you'll be fine and that was it. He put me on nuerontin. I broke out in hives. Today I start lyrica. I am hoping for better results. Sorry so long. I just have had no one to talk to. I really don't want to burden my family. So many issues these days. Economy...hubby trying to keep family business alive and teen daughter trying to go to college and take care of the house and the dogs. Thanks for any input. God Bless all and Better Health with the coming new Year.