I had a spinal fusion on my L-5 and S1 back in May and I am still in pain every single day. I go to school and I work and I am sitting all day and have to get up all the time and walk around. My Dr. did another MRI and could not find anything wrong. I am also having severe leg aches, so he is having me go through a hardware removal surgery. I will be getting my rods and screws removed in December. Has anyone had this procedure done? Is it a long recovery process? I am 23 and in graduate school and do not want to have to go through another long recovery but I am in so much pain every day!