I was wondering if anyone could give me some input on the healing time of a lumbar fusion with hardware. I had a fusion at the L5 level for DDD in December 2008. I was in a back brace for 3 months and then did about 2 months of PT. I am still having a lot of pain in the lower left side of my back but all my scans have showed that the fusion was a success and everything is structurally fine. The neurosurgeon told me that I should be feeling better by now but that he had the same surgery years ago and it took him a year and a half to 2 years to feel good. Well, the 1 1/2 year mark came and went, almost on to to 2 years now. I was just wondering if anyone has had this type of surgery that did end up feeling better after a couple years or if that is just a bunch of bull. I feel like it should have had some effect by now, right?