Hi everyone...I'm Patty..I had a laminectomy,and fusion at L3/4 with bone graft and rod and pedicel screws 10 wks ago.a little rough in the hospital due in part to me not stopping my alleve prior to surgery..wasn't told, but really no excuse..so my drain had to stay in for 5 days due to bleeding and after the first two days on morphine( which I was feeling not bad) they had to take me off of it and I have not been able to take anything for pain since day 3. I got sick on everything..needless to say was like laying on a bed of glass! I feel like the leg pain I was having from my slipped vertebrae is gone. I take Motrin maybe once a week..wish I could take it every day but I've read it is detrimental to a successful fusion..I have been wearing a bone growth stimulator 24 hrs a day except when I shower so hopefully that will help..also I chew nicorette gum which I informed them but they didn't say anything ,then I read where nicotine is poisonous to bone..well it's kinda too late now.,but we"ll see. My biggest problem now is the pressure in my incision..feels like swelling and pressure but looks good on the outside.