When I expressed concern to the nurse that I was still in pain, she said it takes about 18 months for the fusion to be complete and while
the pressure has been removed from
the nerves, they are basically regenerating or re-energizing so you pain may actually get worse before it gets better. that explanation really helps understand it. Here I am 3 months out and I still have pain, much less than before but not pain free yet. I saw my surgeon yesterday and just got released to go to therapy.