This is my first post here. I'm 51 and had surgery on Jan 15. It was an extensive surgery, took 5 hours and I required a blood transfusion before I could go home. Was in the hospital for 4 days. Posterior fusion L4-S1 with decompression for severe spondylolisthesis. I started PT at 4 weeks post op due to pain and muscle spasms and weakness in my left leg. So far after 2 weeks of therapy I already see improvement. The key as I understand it now is strengthening my core and stretching out the muscles that were affected by the surgery. The therapist said I may have some inflammation at S2, the area below my fusion that is causing the main stinging type pain. As I keep my core tight I do see that pain decreasing. I'm hoping to return to work at 8 weeks post op. My job is a sitting job, working at a computer. Looking to share any experiences to those that have had a similar surgery. I'm trying to look for pain medicine alternatives. Has anyone had any luck with Curamin? I started this yesterday hoping for some pain relief. Taking super digestive enzymes along with it since my gallbladder has been removed. I'm taking Valium and Hydrocodone right now but trying to wean off of them.