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At first, I seemed to be doing so well. Since the brace came off I seem to be going backwards. The pain is worse. My posture is terrible and I can't stand up straight. I have to use my cane when going out anywhere and still can't walk very far without having to sit down for a bit. The rods feel like I have tiger claws digging into my back. I'm back on some pain meds - usually later in the day when I can't stand it anymore. I am going to physical therapy twice a week and doing the exercises once or twice daily. I had T5-L5 fusion with rods. I am also almost 64 years old. Maybe my expectations for a quick recovery weren't very realistic. I will be getting x-rays and seeing my surgeon later this month. Hopefully everything has stayed in place. I'm really just venting. I know by reading on here that it's a long recuperation time with lots of ups and downs. I probably just need to keep at it and be patient. Thanks for listening.