First of all, thanks to the many members who really prepared me for the surgery. Certainly more than any surgeon did.
I had my surgery on 7/27 and got out of the hosp on 7/29. While in the hosp, like many others, I could not handle morphine 'cause it made me sick. I am now on Vicodin and Flexeril. Right now I am walking to the bathroom, taking a couple of shorter walks in the house and then a couple of longer walks basically out to our mailbox and back. Having a lot of crampiness in my hamstrings and butt. Basically once I get moving, it goes away a little but I am really ready to sit when the walk is done. I am using heat and ice packs off and on. I have little or no pain while walking steps.
One hurdle I am having is the constipation. Wife is going to CVS for an enema soon.
Since I had spondy for so long, NS said he would only try to move it back "as much as my anatomy would allow". So my spondy is still there, but now with a new disk in place, Pre-surgery pain not there now. He said that he got a good look at the nerve roots and cleaned everything out pretty well.
The pain level has been pretty much what I expected thanks to the spineys here. Thanks to you all. Now I just have to be patient not rush the rehab.