I had an ALIF L5-S1 for spondolythesis,pinched root nerve, on 2-9-09 after trying everything available,the epidurals, facet joint injections,physical therapy, etc. The surgery and early recovery seemed normal from what I have read here.By week 5 post-op I was taking only tylenol and feeling only minor stiffness and soreness. This lasted only 5 days.I woke up one morning and felt terrible. I had to go back on my valium and hydrocone,I assumed was minor set back and would recover after a few days.Long story short,2 weeks later called NS and he agreed was just a set back and prescribe muscle relaxer to go with other meds.Over the next 2 weeks went through robaxin(no help) then soma. Have been on soma twice a day,valium twice a day, neurontin 4 times a day and hydrocodone 2-3 times a day for 8 weeks now and not feeling much improvement.Had to return to work last week after 3 month med. leave. NS says pains are from muscles and nerves working from "new" position since he raised and repositioned my spine and pain would go away when they get use to new positions. I see NS in about 1 week for X-ray and follow up.This has been 13 weeks of pain, anyone had similar experience? How long before you felt normal?