I'm happy to report that even though my huge fusion (all lumbar discs added to T-level fusion) suffered a major setback early on--a serious stress fracture--I am on the way to success.
It has been 3.5 months. The stress fracture caused by one of the screws they put in was so serious they were going to re-operate, but things turned around and it has healed well and the latest CT scan shows new fusion growth.
Believe it or not, I still have surprising mobility, which I was worried about. I've always been flexible in the hips and legs (to compensate for lost flexibility of first fusion at age 17), and it appears as if, when I am fully healed, that I WILL STILL BE ABLE TO BEND OVER AND TOUCH THE FLOOR. With a "table-top" back, of course, but still... I thank those limber hamstrings.
Because of the set-back, I've had more pain than I should have, even with such a big fusion. I still need about 3 10mgs pills of Narco (hydrocodone) a day. The pain is more muscular, not bone pain. Surgeon says it takes a long time for the pain issues to resolve, to be patient.
At first, I could not even stand or walk upright, but I am upright now. I "workout" each day and practice isometric exercises, standing "core" work, straightening, walking about a mile on some days. Some days have more pain and stiffness than others, but doctor says, "This is not a life sentence. Give it time. It is still early, and you had a major setback."
I hope he is right. I want to be pain-free, but at least now I no longer am crying every day from the inability to function. I mean--I couldn't stand straight, or balance, or anything. I spent weeks at home in bed, and now, although I still have more of a road ahead, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
So will you! Anyone recovering--if my nearly-fused back can recover at age 49, so can yours. Take your vitamins and eat right and walk and do your isometric exercises. Miracles do happen.