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Greetings, my name is Ben, 41yo male, long time lurker, first time poster. As the title says, I had my L5/S1 fused about 2 weeks ago after being diagnosed with an annular tear. During the procedure the surgeon elected not to install the posterior hardware, only the disc was replaced via anterior approach. Unfortunately I have seen absolutely zero improvement so far. The pain and sciatica I was experiencing prior to surgery is still present and now I have an ongoing headache in the back of my skull that gets fairly severe, especially when I lay down. Has anyone experienced this? I'm getting frustrated and am starting to second guess my decision to have gone through with the operation. My first post-op visit is in a few days, hopefully the surgeon can offer up some solutions. In the meantime any advice or experience you can share is appreciated.