hey peoples- so- i had a microdiscectomy/laminectomy at l4/l5 seven months ago- and i just dont have the quality of life that i thought i would. a recent mri suggests arthritis/bone on bone rubbing/both- so- its either fusion or cortisone. im not looking forward to more surgery- but right now i cant even sit in a chair for more than 45min- had to withdraw from classes- cant work for more than 4hrs a day- etc. im 25- and the prospect of walking on eggshells the rest of my life isnt appealing- and i figure im young enough to recover better than most- plus- id rather get fusion now- than in ten years after ten unpleasant years. my uncle had l4/l5 fusion years ago- and he was considering hiking half dome (yosemite) with us this summer- and ive been mountain biking with him before. i would not even consider that level of activity right now. if i could just sit comfortably- i would be excited- so- it seems fusion may be the best for me to have a happy/active life. im going to start shopping around doctors- and ive gotten plenty of input from friends/family on the topic- but im curious about recovery time and bass playing. how long until you started playing laying in bed? in a chair? standing up? how long until you started playing shows? do you have any problems stomping on effects/expression pedals/etc? what about hauling gear? i almost bought a lighter bass (stingray 4 now)- but the weight difference is only a couple of pounds for something pretty light. does it make that much of a difference? i stopped playing shows- wasnt worth it to me to drive (american- stick shift- v8- not the best car for me- but cant change it right now) any more than an hour to play- and then drive back. i downsized to all lightweight gear- so i didnt have to move more than 50lbs at a time- and i got help when i could- but that still didnt work. any general gigging experience regarding fusion would be much appreciated. anyway- i know the importance of diet/diligence with regard to physical therapy- and feel like now is the time to go with fusion if ever. i have support- and i can take off work/school as long as i need to do it 100% right this time (on day 14- i flew from bangkok to sfo- moved into a new house 5 days later- started playing shows earlier than i should- basically just overstressed it in retrospect). ok- thats about it- thanks in advance for any words of wisdom.