UPDATE: July 5, 2017 still pains in the back, by now, much of the sutures are going away, along with some of the scabbing. but i am also still having that numbness/tingly feeling in both feet and in my legs, from "about" the knee's on down, into the feet. i cannot sleep well at all. i go to bed very tired, but wake up about 1 hour later. this goes on all night long. i am still taking the oxy's..one at a time during the day, but if the pains get worse, i take 2. then at bedtime, i am always taking 2 oxy's. i still cannot bend forward, or lean over say the kitchen table. i must be sitting to reach for things at the table. still cannot lift more than say the 5 pounds ( a gallon of milk) i was told, would be my "limit" for a while. i try walking around, i have to descend and climb 2 flights of stairs to go outside, i can drive, of course getting around i still use the cane. stair climbing or descending takes time, i cannot "run" up or down the stairs, as i actually get dizzy at times, this never happened to me before. sometime the leg pains/numbness/tingly feeling are unbearable, sometimes i can hardly feel my feet, but i am still able to walk, but ever so slowly and carefully. this is all so strange, i did not expect any of this. i go see the doctors P/A on the 28th of this month. of course, should i worsen, i will go sooner. it's not that i don't put any importance on what i am going thru, i am mostly accepting this is the healing process, not that i have many fused vertebrae in my back. maybe too, i was told that i did have lots of scar tissue and some arthritis. anything is possible to slow down this healing. more later.