Ok, I hope all of you had a good xmas. I was surprised by my family from 2 dif states with a wonderful visit. I think that has helped my mood great deal, good thing because I was called on xmas-eve by my new surgeon.My MRI still shows some kind of fluid the doc does not know what it is. I have my surgical consult January 14,2009 for a spinal fusion. I think it will be S1 down to L4 L5, of course I will know more when I see my surgeon. My right leg is is totally numb from my knee up to my waist. I am however able to keep my pain somewhat under control. I am on so much medication. The first surgery I had back in Aug 08 took alot out of me. I am on 2700mg of neurontin per day/ 10mg valium per day/ 50 mg of percocet per day/ 60 mg of Cymbalta for my depression. So peeps can you tell me what to expect from this surgery,. recovery? how many incisions maybe? how long in the hospital? recovery pain compared to my dicectomy? Happy New Year/ Holidays. Thanks in advance.