I was having severe leg pain and hip pain. I had surgery which was supposed to be a fusion between two veribrae to allow room for the nerves to operate my legs properly and without pain. There was a loss of spinal fluid and I had to lay flat for a couple days. The bolts and hardware did not have to be used because the vertibra were already fused. They had to cut bone away to allow room for the nerve. At first I felt pretty good and my leg pain was relieved until about 5 days out. I started to experience all the pain I had before surgery. I call the nurse and she said it was common and there was probably some swelling. Never had this severe pain, and I have given birth twice. What are other peoples experiences and is there hope for relief, I am only a week out right now.