In July 2009, I had a laminectomy and an L4-5 fusion with cage and hardware. I was doing pretty well until a month or so ago when I developed weakness in the legs and return pain to the lower back. A few weeks ago, the wife and I took a 6 hour drive down to NC and my condition overnight got even worse and it hasn't gotten any better. Extreme pain/weakness in my thighs, weakness in my knees, tips of my fingers turning white, and more pain in the lower back. I will be going back to my surgeon in a couple of weeks (that's the soonest I could get an appointment). Could this be the result of scar tissue pressing on the nerves, problem with the hardware? I feel like I'm 110 (I'm 59). I have a hard time sleeping and don't want to go back on a daily regiment of pain killers. Thanks.