I was just curious if anyone else has had to have injections shortly after a fusion because they are still having sciatic pain. I just had L5 S1 anterior discectomy and fusion 7/1/08 and the muscle spasms are gone. I am still having pain in my lower back towards S1 and facet area and pain down buttocks, legs, hips and now my legs and feet go numb or mostly get the pins and needles feeling. I just had a CT scan and the ortho surgeon said nothing shows up that would continue to cause me this pain. I am showing minimal degeneration with diffuse bulging at L4-L5 level, no disc herniation or spinal stenosis, facet joints are very minimally degenerated with posterior marginal spur formation, remaining posterior L5-S1 disc show minimal bulge and central spinal canal is midly narrowed on a congenital basis. He said he is going to send me back to PM and have injections done at L4-L5 and L5-S1 to see if this helps. I mentioned that my father is disabled and in a wheel chair (as I have mentioned several times) at the young age of 54 and has peripheral neuropathy, degenerative discs and some other things that I can't remember. My situation is similar to his when he was my age. Anyway, it seems he is finally listening because he said if the injections do not work then he will set me up for nerve conduction test. I didn't realize that problems with the nerves could not be spotted in MRI, Xray or CT Scans so I would have figured he would've looked at that. I wonder if he may have overlooked this because I am only 30. :?