Hi, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Tony and am 13 days post-op from l3-S1 fusion with titanium hardware and decompression at same levels for stenosis/bone spurs.I'm doing pretty good with minimal surgery pain but the best part is that after about 3 years of 24/7 nerve pain in both legs, I woke up after surgery and it was GONE! I am so happy and relieved but wary that the "beast" could return at any moment and the whole thing would start again. I also have a SCS implanted which did not really help and I have had 2 other laminectomies/laminotomies. I can really freak myself out looking at the x-rays that show the hardware in place, wicked! I really sympathize with anyone who is going through the pain/drug/pain/more pain cycle, I got so sick of all the pills, I also am a very active participant in treating my Bipolar Illness (pretty good success after 25 years)which of course adds more meds and the possibility of instant dark depression etc. There is light at the end of any tunnel, a lot of support and sites like this can really help. Hope to hear from someone soon.
Take care all