Hey everyone. I don't think I would be doing this well today if I had not read so much on this site before my surgery. Thursday (1-29-09) I had PLIF at L4/L5. The first couple of days were so incredibly tough. I was having horrible spasms in my upper and lower back and at first no one would listen to me. Finally when they gave me something for the spasms I would fall asleep and would not have changed positions for a few hours and would have even worse spasms when I woke up. It was frustratring when someone would demand that I do something myself because that was the only way I would get better. I couldn't get them to understand that I wasn't whining or didn't feel like doing it....the muscle spasms were literally stopping me in my tracks. Finally my night nurse figured it out and was absolutely AWESOME working with me. There was no comfortable position sitting or lying so when my meds kicked in I would just move as much as I could. It definitely made PT easier. They sent me home Sunday. Oh, it's so good to be home! Today has been a great day. Took my meds and found a chair that works ok. Have been walking all over the house and went with hubby for a very short trip to the grocery store. All in all, the only pain I have is localized in my low back (L4/L5). I do still have muscle spasms, but nothing is radiating down either leg. All that leg pain is gone. Hubby said dr came out of OR with a big smile on his face. He was very pleased with his work. 3.5 hr surgery only took him 2.5 hrs. He didn't find any major surprises when he got in there. The arthritis on the facets was major and the disc was bulging way more than he thought. He did say the disc wasn't just leaking....it was more like a slow pour. Sorry I'm rambling, but I just am so grateful that I now have a chance to be pain free. I'm looking forward to working hard for that gift. Take care, all. Will keep you updated.