HI,HELP WANTED REGARDING PLIF. I am having surgery on Tues and I was very calm until yesterday, now sort of panicking today. I have previously in 96 had a L4-5/ L5S1 Laminectomy/Microdiskectomy and it was pretty rough for a month, but after reading about all of your Fusions this sounds horrifying. QUESTIONS; Will my pain be controlled?, how long will I suffer?, does it ever get better? what is the mortality for a 50 year old? I walk often and will I be able to walk with this brace on? it is very heavy now, I can't even imagine this brace on the incision. I will have a hospital bed delivered to my home,I have too many stairs to climb. Is this worth all the added pain? I have enough pain now! SOMEONE HELP ME CALM DOWN< BUT TELL ME THE TRUTH PLEASE!