Three weeks ago, I had an L4 to S1 fusion done. I am only 39 but the the wear and tear of my military service left me with chronic lower back pain. I was still very active, running 5K's and Half Marathons until we adopted my daugher last year from China. You wouldn't believe how much chasing a 1 year old around the house puts things into perspective. Well since then my condition worsened enough to decided on the surgery. I have been recovering fantastic, and am even up to walking a mile and a half a day even three weeks after the surgery. The reall problem for me is not the physical recovery, but the emotional toll it has taken on me. My daughter was a total daddy's girl up to the day I went into the hospital. I have just recently albeit with a lot of pain, been able to involve my self with bath's and bedtimes and attepts at cuddles. Unfortunately, and my reason for posting she now prefers her mother for all aspects of comfort. This is pain for me that is the hardest to come to terms with. My back pain is doing better every day, and I expect to begin training for my next marathon in another two months. I just want things back the way they were with my daughter! I know it will come back with time, it is just depressing. Well sorry for rambling, and I would be happy to answer anyone's questions on my surgery, and subsequent recovery. You can live with DDD, and be very active. You just have to keep things in perspective. Thanks for listening!