I'm 7 months post op from my L4/L5 PLIF, and I am a very happy, 100% PAIN FREE person. Up to 5 months, I was still having pain and lots of limitations. It seemed like the change came overnight. I'm working again every day, in a very physical job. I'm bending, lifting, and working in unusual postions as a mechanic/welder on heavy equipment and semi trucks. Probably the toughest thing I encounter each day is putting my socks on. I'm not quite as flexible as I once was, but it is getting better. I can't remember far enough back to remember pain free days in my life. I will be 52 yo this month, and a year ago, I felt like I was 70. Today,,, I feel like I'm 35 again. I battled severe depression during the past 7 months, and I really thought the surgery was a failure. Boy.. was I wrong!! I don't see too many really positive posts on here, but I'm happy to be one of them. I appreciate all the help you all have been to me on here.