My surgery was 4 weeks ago: I had a 360-degree fusion, fusing me from L4 - S1. There were a few tough spots (for the first week after surgery, the nausea. pain and fatigue was way more than I anticipated), but otherwise, recovery has been very good. I've felt some significant improvements, been off the prescription meds for more than two weeks, walking a lot, and generally optimistic that time and physical therapy will help me though some of the residual pain and stiffness.
Make no mistake, I don't think the surgery will cure me 100%, but I am damn glad I had it.
That being said, I just can't shake the funk I've been in. It's nothing specific; I'm not sad about one thing in particular, it's just that I feel pretty down all the time.
Is this normal? I'm inviting anyone with any experience to chime in -- what was yours like? How long did it last? was there anything specific that helped you keep it at bay?