I had L5-S1 TLIF fusion surgery on 8/31- approximately 3hr surgery with a 5 day stay in hospital. I'm 5 weeks post-op and I'm not so happy. I was in quite a bit of pain for the first 24 hours in the hospital until they finally figured out what meds to give me. Did not get up and walk in the hospital for the first three days as the pain was just unbearable..(I am a baby when it comes to pain). Still at 5 weeks post op I am taking Percocet 7.5 for pain and Flexeril...was on muscle relaxer Baclofen but cant seem to tolerate it as it makes me really sick. For the first couple of weeks out of the hospital I slept in my bed but found the pain of getting out of bed extremely bad so decided to start sleeping on my couch or recliner in a sitting up position. Very hard to do but it worked so I continued doing it..not as much pain when it came time to get up. After a few weeks of this and feeling that I was getting better I decided to sleep in my bed last night...what a mistake!! The pain was so horrendous when it came time to get up..it took me almost 15 minutes or more to just get out of bed. I feel like I am just locked up all over when it comes time to get up in the mornings...Is this normal and will it go away??? Not sure how much more of this I can take..I miss sleeping with my husband. Sometimes I feel like having this surgery was the biggest mistake of my life.