Hello forum! I had my L4-L5 and L5-S1fusion (finally after 3 years of fighting with insurance companies) about 6 weeks ago. I was in the Army for 17 1/2 years where I was shot, had metal fragments in my arm and side from an explosion, and had my tibias both shatter due to another explosion and I have NEVER felt the pain I am now in. From week 2 1/2 after surgery, I have massive pain that reaches from the left side of my lower back (where the sciatic nerve was pinched numb for years) down to the side of my left foot including the ankle. The only way I can lower the pain is by laying down completely flat and moving around until I find the right spot and stay there. My question to all of you is: Is this pain normal? (Dr. says it is) and How long can this pain last? For weeks now I have gotten little to no sleep, can barely walk to the bathroom etc, and I cannot even sit up a bit to eat. No meds that surgeon has prescribed works to dull pain even a little. Not even Gabapentin 1800mg per day. Any help or supportive stories will help. Thanks everyone for being here with me on this site!