I had my ALIF and PLIF on December 29, 2010, on my L5, S1. After multiple bilateral cortisone shots, facet injections as well as a discogram to pinpoint where the surgery would be performed as I have 4 herniated discts in my low back and a couple in my upper back from a car accident which was November 20, 2008. After dealing with the pain for 2 years, and going from being an extremely active person, in the gym 5 days a week and playing sports, coaching lacrosse, being outdoors etc... my life is still at a standstill. I understand restrictions to my life temporarily after surgery but being 5 months post surgery I didn't expect to still be in the amount of pain that I am. I feel the same, if not worse w/ the instabilities from surgery....any ideas, advice, words of encouragement?