My name is Dave, I am a veteran of three back surgeries. The last being a fusion of L4-L5, L5-S1 in September of 2001. I have been fine until about three months ago, I was even into mountain bike racing and hiking, etc, making sure I kept everything strengthened up. But I think my back has finally given up. Lol. Ten years of no pain after a fusion surgery, I'll take it. I joined here to read some past posts to educate myself on other peoples post surgery experiences. I did not have health insurance three months ago so I have been sucking it up until I did, finally got some on Dec 1st. So I am off to the doc soon for a checkup. Tons of spine pain in several areas and a lot of pressure like symptoms in my hips, it really feels like something that was fused is pushing or coming loose or something. Will find out soon. I've even got a sensation in the bottom of my right foot that feels like a vibrating cell phone in my shoe, it been constant for three days. Kind of annoying, and a sign that something is obviously out of whack. Glad to meet you all.