Heading in for L5 S1 fusion on 1/26. Reading this forum has helped on some levels and panicked me on others. So many scary stories but I guess many that are doing well aren't sitting around writing about it on chat rooms? I need some perspective. My pain isn't constant nor all up and down my legs. My pain is shooting and limited to when I am moving in Physical ways or sitting on hard surfaces. Laying down I feel nearly 100%. Still, no way to live. I feel like I could be opening Pandora's box next week. Help! I need some common sense perspective.