It has been one year since my back surgery and my back is doing great! I have not had any pain when I run or work out. I even pulled weeds last week for about an hour and I was able to stand up straight when I was done! The only difference I would say between my back and a “perfect, never had problems” back is that when it is cold outside and I am out in the cold, or when the weather changes rapidly my back gets a little stiff at the site of the fusion. All in all my back is doing great. The Lord has blessed me and it doesn’t even hurt me when I go shopping.
The decision to have the surgery was a very good decision for me. If I had to do it all over again I would do it. I would recommend following doctor’s orders very closely and doing your best to stay patient. The recovery process is lengthy (especially waiting 6 months to pick up grand-babies!) but the time passes soon enough. Read the earlier posts to get more details. In the meantime, may God bless each of you and your families.