I guess I jumped the gun and posted a comment before introducing myself, sorry! (http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/numbness-after-surgery
Let's see, I'm a 42 year old male who has been dealing with back pain/issues for 17 years. I was very active until a work injury changed all that when I was 25. I had a root nerve decompression of the L4-5. I could not go back to my job so I had to be retrained.
Around 5 1/2 years the back and leg pain started again and it basically was the same disc causing the issue, plus DDD and stenosis. Unfortunately after several CT's and MRI's a neurosurgeon told me he could not do anything for me. So since then I have been living with chronic pain and my life has been on hold because any activities I do jeopardize my ability to do my job. So, I could not do any sports interact with my young kids, do house hold chores. etc. without causing my back to "flare up" and miss work. I have been at my job for 6 years and I probably have missed almost a year worth of time because of my back.
At the moment I'm recovering from a 3 level lumbar decompression fusion I had in January and a subsequent surgery in February to fix an CSF leak. I had a 3 week stay at the hospital because of complications which I'm still suffering from. The worst one is the numbness in by left buttocks and groin region. Please read my post here: http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/numbness-after-surgery
Recovery seems very slow, I'm still in worse shape than I was before surgery. I guess it's still early in the process.
Thanks for letting me rant!