Just thought I'd share some good news. I just had my 3 1/2 month recheck with my NS and the x-rays show "significant" fusion at the surgery site. He didn't give me a percentage, like 50% fused, 90% fused, etc. just that it's right where he likes to see it at this point. I've been off all pain meds for a month and it doesn't feel like I've ever had anything done. Back to work 100% and only avoiding "extreme" behavior like skiing and snowmobiling.
My next re-check is X-rays in another 3 months and my NS expects to sign off on me at that point. I just wanted to share some good news from the trenches...sometimes it does all work out!