I had a L5-S1 fusion (PLiF) on 11/26/2012. Although I have cut down quite a bit I still feel the need for pain medication 2 to 3 times in a 24 hr period. I had read prior to surgery that most patients are done with prescription pain meds by the first month. I had my first 6 week post op visit on 1/8/2013 and the doctor continued my full restrictions for another 6 weeks. I really thought this last week would be my last, but I feel like if I can't get my pain under control I can't get my walking goal met and generally am not as able to function as well. Does anyone have any input? I don't want my doctor to start thinking that I'm drug seeking or not trying to go without it. I guess I want to know what's normal? Is there a place on this forum where I could see a lot of discussion on this? I'm new to this forum stuff so any advice is great!