A year ago yesterday I decided surgery was my best path forward to deal with my chronic back and sciatic pain. I had ALIF L3-S1 and PLIF and titanium reinforced back finished 10 days later. I think i am somewhat of a success story even though, some of my pain (60-70%) preop is gone, some is still there, and the new neuropathy pain which was not there preop..... Even though I’m a 100% fused and I feel stronger in most ways due to regular intense PT....because of that new neuropathy pain and numbness in both feet, my diagnosis is 1) failed back surgery 2) Neuropathy pain caused by the fusion surgery 3) Chronic Pain. The pain was getting better but plateaued in October, the numbness and pain still are cyclical, I can have 2 or 3 days of nearly no pain unless I walk, then I can’t go more than .25miles without foot pain and that is the worst part about my surgical outcomes. I accept it as part of my decision and continue to battle but I miss my walking (and hiking) as that was one of my favorite hobbies. The current fun is trying to get off pain meds continues and I am down to 45mme Oxycodone and morphine after a peak of 370mme, but my withdrawal symptoms are the worst nausea which comes and goes. Most of the cold flashes are gone and the nausea is lessening so I plan on winning the battle against pain meds and then on to the next ....still want to golf in the end of recovery!