I have been lurking around reading all sorts of helpful information. This is a great site!
Short version of my story..2 years lower back pain. MRI showed herniation at L5-S1. Tried therapy and epidural shots. Neither worked. Finally went to a ortho who said I have severe DDD, annular tear with herniation. He is going to do a 360 fusion on the 24th of Jan. I am extremely nervous about the recovery time. I was told to expect 2-4 days in the hospital, and 2 weeks until I can drive again. Driving is a big deal becuase I take my kids to school and pick them up every day. I also am starting a new job on Feb 21st. According to my doctor, I should be as good as new by then, but so many of you are out of work for months. Am I expecting to much to be able to start working on the 21st? (working in CCU at a hospital). I know that I wont be able to do any lifting for about 6 months, but my job will require me to be up on my feet walking around for 12 hours a day 3 days a week. I am so frightened that I won't be able to start working.
Thanks for your help and thanks for all the great information on this site!!