I had fusion l3-l5 in Jan of 08 with worsening symptoms after. I also have some mild cord compression in my Thoracic spine. My EMG last year showed some chronic nerve damage in my legs. My symptoms have progressively worsened, including weakness in my legs and falls. My pain management doctor refered me to a neurologist who did an EMG today. Oh, BTW, I'm 8 weeks postop of having my hardware removed. Anyway, the neurologist said the EMG was completely normal other than changes in my l-spine from the surgeries! I'm in agony everyday of my life. I have severe pain in my upper back, lower back and both my legs. Both my surgeon and pain management doctor have told me that it is nerve pain and now I'm told it's not. I'm at a loss. Can anyone shed any light on this for me? I've tried lyrica and neurontin and both have taken away the pain but I couldn't handle the side effects. How can this not be nerve related? I know I should be relieved and happy but I actually feel like I've hit a brick wall. How can they help in my recovery without a diagnosis?