I have just had my 5th surgery on my back. I am fused from S1 to T12. I have eleven screws, rods from S1 to T12, had to go in from the front and insert a wedge in my spine to keep me from "walking in the wind" and had to go thru my ribs to build a box around my spinal cord. All this a result from college football. My toes and sometimes feet are numb and pain around the waist is still present. I can tell the pain is not as bad, my balance is not very good and any hyperextenion of my back causes pain. It has been two months since my last surgery and it has been a slow process but hopefully my strength will improve over the next few months.