I had L5-S1 TLIF fusion surgery on 8/31- approximately 3hr surgery with a 5 day stay in hospital. The neurosurgeon mentioned that it was a real mess in my back and mentioned some other things that he had to clean up also, which I am going to ask abt at my next visit. Now, 2 months later I am finally able to sleep in my bed again but wake up very stiff and in lots of pain.. Will this go away or will I have to deal with it the rest of my life?? This was actually a work injury so I am having to deal with workers comp (which actually they have treated me very good)also..Last week my case manager said that he had sent a request to my neurosurgeon to release me to light duty..I have a followup appointment tomorrow with the neurosurgeon after I go have xrays to see how well the fusion is coming along. I honestly dont think or feel that i am ready to go back to work even light duty as I am still experiencing alot of pain and some of my old pain is coming back..(not alot but some). What is the normal time frame for returning to work after this surgery and how long has everyone else been off work for recovery time??