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I am New to site. I looked at this site prior to having l4,l5,s1 fusion. It has been 7 weeks since my surgery. I injured my back in Iraq in 2004 during the war. I am 59 years old. As most have said, the pain is horrific. Pain meds are good but have to be carefull with overuse. I am weening myself offf Percocet. I am still a little stiff at doing things. I use a cane but driving is not an issue. Boredom was my biggest enemy. I worked on small project in the garage that would allow me to sit on a bar stool. BLT has been kept at a minimum. The first two weeks, I had trouble sleeping due to the pain. I also had antibiotics infused for six weeks. It was very hard walking around with an IV pump line hooked up to you 24/7. The VA was very good at describing what the procedure would entail. I will start PT after I get cleared this week. The present inconvinience is so much better than the leg and back pain prior to surgery. I still have a raised area at the surgical site (8 inches). Looking at returning to work (civilian) in about another ten weeks and collecting my VA pension and disability. No regrets
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