Hi everybody, I am new to this thread. I just had a L4-S1 fusion about 8 days ago and I have to say so far I feel 10 times better then I did before the surgery! I felt like I had to post this after reading all the negative remarks on this thread. Yes I am expereincing calf and foot symptoms but I wouldnt describe it as pain, its more like numbness and at night yes it gets a little worse but it is NOTHING compaired to the pain I was dealing with pre op! I could not put a ounce of pressure on my left leg due to a severly pinched nerve that litteraly made me want to cut off my left leg the pain was so bad! What Im trying to say is everbodys pain tolerence is different. I have a very high pain tolerence and I would much rather deal with a numb foot (pins and needles/ swelling/ tightness) over the pre op pain. My surgeon told me that i would experience this and that it should go away anywhere from 2 weeks to a year after surgery. I make sure that I walk every day and do as much walking as I can as everyday sense my surgery I have felt better!! The key is to find a great surgeon (not good) that specializes in your specific problem and you to be willing to push through the the grit and grind after. Im only 8 days post op but i feel great and I know im going to get back to the activities I did before!!