56year old active female. I'm having PLIF on 3/18. Injured myself a year ago, pain in my lower back and the sciatica pain has been unbearable at times. I'm in overall good health, I work out 5 -6 days a week just pushing through the pain. I have to get better, I haven't given in to my pain in a year, which is how long it took to find a dr. to listen to me! I refuse to let the pain from surgery overwhelm me. I have a positive attitude and I want to talk to others who feel the same.