After L5-S1 fusion i figured my pain would be better than pre-op, wrong. 7 months post op, after aggressive and succecfull physical therapy, I decided to try to swing a golf club a few time (20 to be excact). That was 5 days ago and i am still in excruciating pain. I am in my mid thirties and great physical shape (other than my back of course). Does this sound familiar? Is there hope that the pain will eventually subside (localized pain feels the same if not worst than pre-op, the little bit of nerve pain is gone =D> ).