I am a 57 year old male who began having problems about 8-10 months ago. Started limping, which developed into severe foot slap, then hip, knee and right leg pain caused from sciatica. Saw a chiropractor, helped a little, then had 3 epidurals which helped for 3 weeks, 2 weeks, and 2 days. Had an MRI, saw a neurosurgeon who said my discs were shot, had slid forward and were pressing on the nerve.decided to go to a Boston ortho surgeon for a second opinion who also said fusion. This was in May. Decided to tough it out to work the summer to save some money as I am self-employed.Scheduled the surgery last Thurs Nov. 5. Got very nervous the month before, drank too much , just was not in the right frame of mind. Two weeks ago decided to get my head into it and thought of it as a positive thing , no more drinks and tried to look forward to it. When you think about it all I've been doing so far is getting worse, it would be nice to get a little better everyday. So I went in Thurs. morning to Newton-Wellesley hospital (great place!)They gave me something and it seemed like it took 4 minutes when it took 4 hours. I was very comfortable the first night due to a Dilaudid IV I could push every 8 minutes. Had a catheter which helped alot. I even walked 10 feet that night. I have to say I have a high threshold for pain and was in quite a bit of it the next day when they put me on oral Dilaudid.Walked around the hospital floor 3-4 times on Friday. Had a good appetite and used the bathroom myself.When I went in they said I would probably be in 4 days till Mon. Well they cut me loose on the second day Sat. after I could walk up and down stairs and they had adjusted my pain meds.Now it is Tues. morning and I just took a walk up my street for a for a little ways. Did that 3 times yesterday. Have been sleeping well, about 2 hours at a time on my sides. They gave me Valium for that. I am in a lot of pain but hopefully it will lessen in time. You will not get to a 2-3 pain level with major surgery. Hope for a 4 level and tough it out for a little bit. Get up and walk every 30 minutes or so, even around the dining room table. Will post something in a few days and hopefully will be better.