My husband has had several spine surgeries and has been told the same thing regarding the pain. Even though he is in chronic pain he is told he shouldn't be in pain. He has two titanium rods going from the bottom to top of his spine. His entire spine is fused along with his hips. I can't imagine having that much work done to your spine and not feeling pain. I don't know where you're located but he had all of his surgeries at Jackson Memorial in Miami, FL...they are connected with The University of Miami and have some of the best doctors.