I'm Wendy and new to the forums.
I'm 14 weeks post op (surgery was on June 10, 2013) from ALIF fusion of L5/S1 due to DDD. I have hardware---a Synfix LR for anterior lumbar inter body fusion. They also took a piece of bone or marrow, from my Iliac Crest and inserted it in the synfix device to fuse my bones together. I'm still in pain in my lower back and tailbone/SI joint region.
Some things are somewhat better, but I still have huge limits as t what I can do without too much pain. I expected more pain relief, but maybe it's still early days.