I'm wondering how things progressed for you if you've had the operation. I had one fusing L3,4,5, with instrumentation (screws and rods) holding things together. I had the operation to alleviate leg pain and foot numbness. I could not stand for more than two minutes at a time without extreme pain in my left leg. It has been six months, and my leg and foot are fine, but my back is still in a great deal of pain, and anytime I lift anything remotely heavy, my back bothers me for days to weeks. What has been your experience? Thanks P.S.- I'm asking here because I know if I go to my surgeon, he'll take 3 $275.00 x-rays and say everything looks fine.