I have been dealing with low back pain for 20+ yeaars & was able to maintain my pain up until the last year. I have been an active individual my entire life & have finally made it to the point of not being able to walk, sit or stand without pain. Needless to say, I am scheduled for ALIF surgery in March 2009. I waiver everyday on deciding if I am really to that point. I have read several comments & it makes me want to chicken out & continue living with the pain. I am most concerned with the recovery & not knowing if I'll be better off in the long run. I read that constipation & nausea are pretty common after surgery. I already suffer from IBS & am constipated to begin with so I can't imagine what ALIF will do to my system. Is it really worth it? Any advise you have would be much appreciated.
~X( ~X-( :frustrated: