I'm back. Three weeks since surgery. Lower back laminectomy and fusion. Fusion was done with mesh and putty, not with pins and screws. The first week after surgery was pretty intense. What concerns me now is that I still have considerable pain. I was told I'd be feeling pretty good by week 3 and I could be easing off the pain meds. I have been feeling better every day, except for the last few days. The pain is a little different -- a sharper burning in my lower back. Not awful, just not as good as I'd hoped. Should I not worry so much? Is this pretty normal? Say "Yes." I have 3 weeks until I go back for my post surgery checkup. Maybe I was just hoping for too much too soon when I read about some people going back to work and driving after a week or two. Anyway, I appreciate any comments.