I stumbled onto this board while trying to find out how rough the recovery from the ALIF procedure I have scheduled is going to be and have found alot of helpful and some frightening information here.
I have had neuropathy in my legs for about a year and a half and it took 6 months to trace it back to the impinged nerves in my lower back. After a year of trying conservative treatments, I have decided that surgery is the best chance I have of resuming my normal life.
Now I am second guessing myself - I have good days and bad days and on the good days, I think I am nuts to be doing this and on the bad days I would do anything to get some relief from the pain. I am also worried that the longer I wait, the greater the chance that my nerve damage will become permanent.
I know that I have alot of things in my favor - the rest of my spine is healthy, I have never had a back surgery and I have quit smoking in preparation for the surgery - still I am scared to death of course!