I am very emotional tonight. You can see my story on a longer thread--I don't have the energy to find the link. I had fusion surgery 10 months ago, did the hard work of coming off pain killers (2.5 months now). I got the surgery so I could do the things I used to love doing. I had backed off on most of these activities, but was still in pain (but it became bearable). I've had two shots since my back surgery and was holding steady. Well, the other day, I did something that turned out to be stupid (although, my doctor has told me I can do anything and should do everything--wrong). I rode a motorcycle for the first time since my surgery and I am back to serious pain. I think I may have hurt something--I know this pain and it will be weeks before I am better--without drugs this time. I am ready to say that my "slam dunk" surgery was a total failure and almost killed me (due to blood clots). I totally regret the surgery and have no hope for getting my life back. I got the surgery so I could do moderate activities (yard work, non-contact sports, exercise, living my life) and it didn't work. Unless I do nothing, I will have serious pain--not cool. If you are considering this surgery do not get it unless you can't walk. It is barbaric and ineffective and I'm afraid it is simply a money maker. I do not know anyone personally who has had this surgery and is ok now. I know there are some on this board--but everyone I know personally is hurting.