I hope this will be the last time I post. After four years of chronic pain and two lumbar spinal fusion surgeries, I am pain free. Wish I had sought a second opinion and had the second surgery sooner, but I was so reluctant to roll the dice again and possibly have the same or worse outcome. I know I will never be in the clear and may need more surgery in future, but for now I have my life back so it will be worth it. I was house-bound and on heavy medication, now I take NO medicine. It’s been 6 weeks. Outpatient PT is going easy. I have some things on my side— my age, my weight, the fact that I worked hard in PT to get in good shape for so many years (didn’t help stop the pain from increasing steadily). And of course an excellent surgeon who spent 7 hours fixing the mess in my back caused by the first surgery. If I am never heard from again on this forum, you will know why! Best wishes and good luck to everyone on this road.