I had an L5-S1 fusion via ALIF done on November 5th. I understand that it is going to take some time to heal, however, I am continuing to have a lot of pain. In the mornings, its the worst. But I am still dependent on Oxycontin, oxycodone, and valium to help relieve the pain. The pain has never gone away and I don't expect to be pain free for a while, but it seems as if these meds are not even touching me. I just dont know what to expect as far as the timeframe for the pain to be relieved. I dont want to become addicted to the meds, but after nearly two weeks, and no relief, it looks as if I am heading down that road. I am a single mom that needs to continue to work and addiction to medication in my profession is not acceptable. Can anyone give me some idead as to when the pain will go away or at least not require medications?