In case you are looking for a positive story here is one for you. I had chronic back pain for more than 20 years then finally in 2009 I had a spinal fusion from l3-s1 including lamenectomy. Wow do I feel better! 7 weeks after the surgery I was up and around and doing all my normal routines. Now 16 months later I feel better than ever. I can pretty much do what I want, golfed this season for the first time in four years and over all I would say it is the best surgery I have had (and for other reasons I have had over 22 now). I know things are different for different people but for me I would do it again in a heart beat. My mom, after watching my recovery, is kicking herself for not doing the same thing years ago and watching what she is going through today I am glad I took care of this now!