I just had S1, L5, L4, L3, L2 stabilized and am in my ninth week post. I am still very sore, I walk a km a day but still am sore at bottom of back and top of leg. I have quit smoking for almost 3 months after 38 yrs. Now I need to lose 50 lbs I have gained since my first surgery in 2007. I am so sick of pain and wondered how other people are after a fusion and hardware that big of an area, help.