Hello Everyone… In 1986 I underwent surgery and they fused my L5-S1, they took bone from my hip and ground it up and glued it in so it fused. I have tried to stay active but as the years have passed I was having more pain and numbness and my toes and ankles were getting weak. L4 was sliding with a herniated disc and a couple of cysts were pressing against the nerve of L5. The disc between L3 and L4 was also herniated slightly. In May of this year I had a level 2 fusion. The doctor discovered that L5-S1 was not fused so he ended up repairing L4-L5-S1 with hardware...he had originally planned to fuse L3-L4-L5. I am slowly recovering but I am worried because I can feel something grinding. My doctor has said until the fusion solidifies the rods will be a bit flexible and any grinding sensation will eventually stop. I personally think it's been getting worse...I will discuss this with him in a couple of weeks when I see him again. The concern I have at the present moment is that I think I’m becoming addicted to Oxycodone. I was sent home after surgery with Oxycodone 20mg every 4 hours ...I am also taking some Tylenol and Celebrex. I have reduced this to about 10mg/15mg a day and I have been doing reasonably well except as the day progresses the muscles in my legs become very sore.Does anyone have some ideas of how to get off the oxycodone? I will of course discuss this with my doctor... in the meantime are there any suggestions?