i had a spinal fusion in my l4/l5 approximately 8 weeks ago. This was my 3rd back surgery, and most certainly the toughest one because it was much more involved. The first three weeks were the worst by far, but as time has passed, so has most of the pain. I still have to wear a brace which bothers my hips, but overall things seem to be going well. I am walking outside, coaching my son's soccer team, and able to run errands. I am careful with what I lift, gallon of milk max, and I rest alot. I still have a long road ahead of me, but I am happy I did it, my back was giving out regularly and something needed to be done. My best to you moving forward, stay strong, pain is a bummer and hopefully this fusion will give you relief.