I am new to this board. I am looking for some information regarding my fusion surger recovery. I am 31 years old and had my first back surgery lin Oct. of 2012. I had a diskectomy, laminotomy, and foraminotomy. I am a nurse and went back to work about 8 weeks after that surgery and reputered my disc again at L4-5 shortly after returning back to work. I then had my fusion at L4-5 and they also removed scar tissue that was displacing my left nerve root in Jan. 2013. It has been a hard recovery. I am feel so much better than before surgery until I returned back to work this week. I have been going to physical therapy everyweek for the past 6 weeks. Started back to work this past week. I was previously an OB nurse that also had to work Med/Surg and where ever they were short staffed if we did not have patients. I worked at a small rural hospital. I switched positions to a doctors office. I love it, but my body is saying otherwise. I am so sore and stiff when I get off work. My entire body hurts. I am having increased pain in my back and my legs. My bottom has continued to hurt since surgery. My muscles are tight in my bottom and is irritating my nerves on left side. Therapy is working to help relieve the muscle tightness. I work M-F, 8-5. I am still under restrictions. I can only walk and sit at work. My physician did not lift the restrictions of bending, twisting, etc. until I see him in June. I just want to know what others expierenced at 13 weeks post fusion and if this is normal.