Set the date for my surgery today. Scared as hell. Rods, screws on 3 levels. L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1. Grafting from my hip, which he said would be VERY painful. I really appreciate reading all of your stories on here. My surgeon was VERY surprised at all of the questions that I asked. He told me that I would have to wear a bone graft device 4 hours a day for 9 months. This seemed a little long to me. What has been your experience with this? He said he would be able to bring my pain level, which is a constant 9,9.5 down to a 4.5. That would be great, on 60mg Opana (oxymorphone), 40mg percocet, along with 40mg baclofen, 800 mg celebrex, 2400 mg neurontin, 10mg valium and all the rest that go along with it. Has anyone been able to reduce their pain meds after? Also said that I would still have to continue with my pain management, and that the levels above would probably have to be done in about 10 years because of the added stress put on them. Hey, at least he got me to stop smoking! Thanks to all of you!