Greetings to everyone out there. I made it through L3-L5 laminectomy and fusion (don' t know the abbreviation here) which appears to have gone well. My issue at present is severe pain in the middle of the night in my knees/thighs/hips. I am taking a 50mg tramadol for pain, every 6 hours, limiting it to the night because during the day it really isn't bad, but I wake up between 1:30-3:30 nightly in terrible pain and have to get up, go to easy chair, put on heating pad, try to sleep there a bit, then wake again and go to couch and try to get flat and comfortable. Generally pain subsides around 9:30 a.m. and I'm good with Tylenol during the day. I see surgeon's PA Tuesday, this will be my big issue to address with them. What I would like to know, from folks here, is whether others experience this post-op? It's craziness, makes me incredibly unproductive during day as I keep nodding off! Sigh... hope others here are well and rapidly improving.