I had an L3-4 discectomy with fusion for spondylolethesis as well on 12/30/08. I had a previous surgery in March 05 to remove cyst/tumor w/discectomy at L4-5. I have had pain in that nerve root (left side L4 ) for years. I have some relief but not what I was hoping for. I know that the surgeon said the nerve root was very red & irritated, & could take up to a year to heal. Has anyone had any long lasting nerve root pain that resolved after months? Also, it is unusual to be out of work for this long? I've been out 3 months & am officially disabled til Apr. 17. I do the PT. stretches, wall squats, walking at least 30 minutes a day. Sitting & walking aggravate it for longer than 20-30 minutes. I am afraid how this will affect me when I need to return to work. I'm kinda scared because I will need the money.
I'm new to this site but not, unfortuneately to back/leg pain.