I come here to vent and read. Its so easy to tell a person what to do, and keep your head up. No I am not the only person with back surgery or every had it done. Mine was a T4-T10 fusion. 9 months of pure hell so far. Pills, pain patches and PT. Im usually around a 7 at the pain level all day. You learn to live with it and put up with it. Cant work. I do heavy constrution. Its not a desk job. Glad I get workmans comp or I would really be screwed. So sick of people saying, arnt you back to work yet? Im sure there is something you can do? What do you do all day? What are your plans? It stills hurts? Bob/Sue had it done and they are fine? It cant hurt that bad this long, What seems to be your problem or what is the problem. My wife and kids are at me to. I could screem! She is scared for our future, Dont look good. My back got crushed, lucky to be walking. The doctor said, it cant be fixed, only stabilized. So im like a tree that got bent over from the wind, And have some ropes tied to it and pegs in the ground to keep it so it dont fall over. Im not looking for sympathy by anyone. Im 50 years old. This is not where i wanted to be. How can you take someone that was a boater, jetskied, paddlebarder,outdoorsman and did everything and anything. To a spectator. For fun.. I talked to people about work, different type of job. Im a liability. Or They say, I dont you could be able to do this...your back that is, or not qualified, Yea, Construction background is not getting me in. And dont see me starting over this late in the game. And no! there will be no more operations for me on my back. This was enough.