I am 6 weeks out from my L3/L4 XLIF I had been living for 5 years with extreme numbness and pain walking less than 5 min. I was told 5 years ago I had sponolthesis with disc degeneration and disc herniation and that the disc was slipping. I continued to live with out pain meds or anything because my chid was only 4 at the time. Although my left leg numbnes and pain is now gone I am still having some muscle spasms and some lower back pain. I am still under doctors care and we have extended me for another 6 weeks. My only excerise is walking. As my physician wants to be extremely careful since he did not put screws in he wants it to hopefully fuse around the little implant. I have to say I am very thankful that I finally after 5 years. I wont to make sure i dont need an addtinal surgery to have screws put in so i am only walking per physicains orders and as he calls it the BLT no bending lifting or twisting. I am allowed to drive now only as long as i have not taking any meds. I will be taking an addtional 6 weeks off from work as i am still having some muscle spasm and a little pain in the back when i stand long periods of time. I can walk up to .6miles and i cant wait to walk a full mile a day so i can start getting this weight off. My boss wasnt to thrilled with the addtional 6 weeks but as my physician said he wants me to be safe and take it easy not doing things to fast. Sad thing is i am in the medical field. !! Has anyone else felt this way after their XLIF?