My surgery is only weeks away and my mind is racing with all the what ifs. I am really concerned about the recovery process. What is it like to wear a brace? How do you get through 4 to 6 weeks without bending, twisting and lifting? The lifting I can handle, but how do you get dressed etc. without bending? Also, how to you handle the anxiety. I have cried daily since I scheduled this surgery a few days ago. I keep reading and reading information to make sure I am doing the right thing, and I still do not know. My pain is bad, but not debilitating. The main reason for surgery according to my neuro is stability issues. My main pain issue is in the right leg, and usually it is only really bad when I wake up. It seems like once I start moving around it gets better. On other days it hurts just to walk. I am so confused. I want to quit hurting, but from all that I have read I am thinking that I may still have pain and the surgery would have been a waste.