hello im new here my name is Ethan. Just some background first. I was injured in Iraq back in October 07, messed my back up pretty bad, been living with the pain since then, tried it all PT, massages, injections, you name it finally im recieving surgery on October 14th, im more scared than when i was in iraq, i know sounds stupid but i cant help it. Im having a fusion of my l5 and s1, my questions are how much pain can i expect after the surgery, and typically how long is the recovery. Ive already been told that my career is over but im not one to just sit around. any input would be great thanks.