Aloha my name is Terri , I'm 66 and have lived with back pain for going on 20 yrs now. I am now scheduling spinal fusion surgery to my L3, L4, and L5 . Actually started out trying everything to avoid surgery (as everyone seemed to recommend) but have been on pain meds for w really long time and they are doing nothing to address the problems I'm having including various shooters down both legs sometimes on the side and sometimes down the back of my legs to my feet , some incontinence that comes and goes but is forever an embarrassment. I'm very active , now as much as I can be, so I'm not the best patient. I am a little bit leary of this surgery and really was wondering if someone who has been through it could offer any advice or anything about the recovery that they experienced. I was told I would need to wear a back brace for the first six weeks of recovery....what does this brace look like and do you have to try to sleep in it? How was the pain level comparing before and after? How soon did you start recovery physical therapy and was that hard/painfull/helpful. As you can see any advise would help....Mahalo for reading and responding ...Terri .