I only recently started posting on the board, but I keep up with the posts daily. After of year of excruciating pain, I underwent an ALIF at L5/S1 6 weeks ago. Now, I'm having new pain in new places. I hope to make friends on this board as I make this journey. There is so much knowledge and experience contained here from caring and helpful people. The answers here are from a much better perspective than an MD. I hope that I can be considered a friend, and I will offer any help that I can, with my limited knowledge.