Went in today for a 20month check up since TLIF. I am not seeing the NS anymore but a pysiatrist (sp?). I am doing pretty good. Lost 25lbs since then! Yay. I have been on nortiptylene 40mg to take care of the nerve pain I have had on the right buttock and thigh since surgery. It seems to have helped the most out of the other meds I have tried. I still have muscle spasms all day every day down the backs of both legs. I take a 5mg hydrocodone each night at bedtime for the pain, it gets me through the night. I use lidoderm on the sensitive spot on my right side starting at the scar and going down from there. I am having some new weakness in my left leg and hip that I hope go away soon. I am also having cramps in the left foot and calf, so bad that they curl up like palsy. Doc told me to add a new one today, tizanadine. So, not thrilled to be on three meds for my back/leg/hip/nerve pain, but am doing OK and have pretty good mobility. All in all I still don't regret the surgery for one minute, although I sincerely do hope not to repeat that series of events.