10 day post-op update.
Was off pain meds after three days, only took half-dose in the morning and before bed, really didn't "need" to take them as I certainly wasn't suffering.
Pretty minimal pain in general up to this point, small indicator of residual nerve pain if I move to far in a strange position but thats to be expected, limited forward flexion of this spine, apparently this is common and I can expect it to take a few months to loosen up.
Did some bodyweight squats and lunges, pull ups, rows etc. today and really other than limited range of motion on squats everything was fine - keep in mind my core is locked up the entire time, I don't let my abs relax as that would load the spine up :s
If anyone else on here has a known or unknown back issue, get an MRI and try some PT/Yoga, if it's still fucked or worse after 3-6 months don't hesitate to consider surgery, there are a lot of horror stories online, don't believe the hype.