I'm almost 2 yrs out after severe rupture l5-s1.Left ankle left weak, still not have but half the strength in lifting foot. My back feels good not great but good, I can feel stretching in lower back now when i am doing stuff like yard work so on. I believe I'm just bending further do to less pain. I'm still very cautious of my posture most of all. I have found I'm not as fragile as i thought. I took a pretty bad fall on concrete at a fairly good pase, I tripped and down i went tumbled and got back up with no ill side efects other then the hands being alittle sore. I saw myself going to hostpital and a fusion coming on as i was falling toward the concrete. Thank goodness this did not happen. I have gotten back to riding my mountain bike some times up to 8-10 miles. My main ristriction now is i have PSA (psoriatic arthritis) in my knees and feet and back.I never thought my back would feel this well again, I have bad days though one day a few few weeks ago I had to sleep in my brace cause pain in back was a 7-8. Woke up all was good.Some times its good to hear or read a success story and i really feel mine is. I'm able to work and have fun with kids. So i hope all of you have the same good luck i have had. I cannt count the days ialmost went to doc cuase i thought i relay messed something up in my back the first yr but i learned just to relax and relay take it easy yet stay active.