After 7 years of excruitating pain, I am scheduled for surgery on the 16th. I have DDD and scoliosis. They will be removing what's left of the disk between L4 & L5 and doing a fusion with bone from my iliac crest. My doc is the director of spinal surgery at the hospital so I'm confident in hi abilities. He says I'll need to take it easy for 6 weeks but that I could be back to work after 2 weeks. I am an office manager and my bosses will work with me if I need to shorten my schedule. My biggest concern is the recovery. Everyone says it's a long hard recovery but the question I have is what type of pain is it? Is it incision pain, muscle pain or bone pain? I think I can handle incision pain or muscle pain but the bone pain has me a nervous wreck. Oh I forgot to mention that they will be using metal rods or plates for my fusion. Anyone have any advise? I'm 37 year old female that has been suffering for 7 years. I do have scoliosis but not in the surgical area.