I'm Patty. I'm 3 weeks post-op from a L3-5 fusion, and doing fairly well. I had a dural tear during surgery that caused some additional pain and swelling the first week, but I'm so happy that I'm only feeling incision site pain now. All the pain I had been experiencing in my legs is gone!
I was slow to opt for surgery (4 years from recommendation)...trying physical therapy, different exercise routines, medications, chiropractic, and 7 spinal injections. I had the most relief from the injections and doing water therapy,but knew eventually I'd need surgery.
I'm using a brace now and trying to walk about 4 blocks 2-3 times a day. Someday I just do a lot of walking around the house. I'm so glad I had this done. I know the surgery pain will lessen with time.