First I want to thank everyone who responded to all my questions before surgery. What a basket case! I had my surgery 2 weeks ago tomorrow. They fused L5-S1 and tried to do a foraminotomy on L4 but the nerves were too squished and tight in there...no room even for instruments so they ended up having to cut some of L4 away and another fusion. Incision is pretty long. Phew! I came home the sunday after. I now take one loratab once or twice a day. Tylenol when needed. Today I showered without my shower chair...yeaaaa. Yesterday I walked to the end of the driveway but later my back was sooo tight. I am not exactly sure what I feel in there. Sometimes I swear I feel the hardware but maybe not. I go back to the doctor on March 19th. My biggest problem was the pain meds, constipation! But I knew that going in. I am in the recliner now. Not sure how much walking is good or is too much walking bad? Anyways, thanks for all your support.