Hello all! I just had my 360 lumbar fusion(both anterior and posterior) on l5s1due to DDD and herniation. My primary complaint was horrible stiffness during sleep and upon waking. I have 5 kids under 12 to get ready for school each day, and myself since I am a teacher. I was beginning to get depressed without ever sleeping and dreading getting up each day. I did physical therapy, which didn't help and I began taking extended release Tramadol, which helped some. I decided to give the surgery a try. I know it has only been 3 weeks since my surgery, but so far it's a HUGE success. I have no stiffness and pain sleeping or waking. I am off all pain meds. I did have increased sciatica after the surgery, but that seems to be improving each day. I feel really good, and I am back to most my routines. I still get help with things that would involve bending over, but everything else is good. Oh, I also notice I get fatigued quicker than usual upon doin laundry, cooking dinner, or other routines, but I hear that is normal also and should get better each day. I just wanted to post my story to give hope to those who may need it.