Well all I can say is "ouch"! 10 weeks post op from l5s1 fusion with hardware and went back to my desk job today. I hurt like the dickens. I'm part time for two weeks then its full time. Sitting hurts even with getting up to stretch every30 minutes. Hope it gets easier. Pain level went from 2 to 10 in jUST four hours. Going to try some stretching end PT exercises now. I've been doing pretty well considering and didnt expect so many muscle and back aches. Its great to be back and I really hope this turns around. It made me realize how far I still have to go on this journey. Anyone else having or had a rough time reacclimating to your old life? The sciatic pain is gone and its all low back is on fire. Getting a sit/stand desk and maybe that will help.