Here's my story. I've had pain for 6 years. I'm a police officer so drs thought I'd gotten into too many fights and that was the cause. I did painmanagement for 6 years before deciding surgery. Aug 14 I had 3 fusions. Post op was the worst. AFter 4 days I was released. Was doing so-so at home. Didn't hardly do anything at all. Had 7 incisions total from ALIF and PLIF (i think). After 2 weeks my lumbar incision, right above my butt, started draining. My paramedic/lieutenant firefighter/police officer husband looked at it and thought maybe a disolvable suture wasn't disolving. So I just banadged it. After 4 days of draining and so much that several times it went thru the bandage and thru my pants, I was going to call dr but thought I'd just wait 2 days and show my pain management dr. At that visit, he looked at it and was concerned (scared me!). Had me come back the following day for appointment with surgeon. That day my back was hurting like when I buldged a disc. I could hardly walk, sit and laying was impossible. When the surgeon looked at it he said it was infected and we would be going straight to the Operating Room to open it up and clean it out. So went straight to OR and he did it. Post op was worse than the surgery post op. I was admitted. I went to the OR for the next 4 days for this. After the second day, the figured out it was MRSA. Got a private room finally! But that came with a big ole sign on the door "all employees must wash hands and double glove...etc etc." I've never felt so embarrassed in my LIFE. At no time did ANYONE touch my wound. AFter each surgery they bandaged it completely taping all sides. No one could even SEE the wound much less touch it. ANyway, the fifth day he closed the incision back but left a drain. I did the Vancomycin thing for 4 more days. My two teenage daughters were left to live on their own basically. After two more days, he dismissed me and took the drain out. I'm on two weeks of antibiotics. This is my second week. Some days are so-so and some days are just like the old days; can't sit or lay without hurting. Just wanted to hear from someone else who've had same/similar problem. Unless you've gone thru this, no one really understands what I'm going thru. Thank you for reading this.