Feb. 28th, 2012 I underwent ACDF in Seattle. One day post-op, I noticed numbing in my upper thigh, well below the graft site. I was told it would go away. Upon doing some of my own research, I discovered that there was either pressure or damage to my right lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Almost 1 year out, and several specialists seen, I now know that I have permanent damage from the auto-graft site on the iliac crest. Fine, I can deal...right? It's just numb and I will be prone to occasional bursitus. Better than constant neck pain. But, 2 months ago, my neck pain resurfaced. It was not until Friday that I was ready to admit that there must be some issue with my fusion. I contacted my PCP, because I DO NOT want to revisit either my original pain specialist or my original surgeon. So, here I go again! My life is on hold, my pain debilitating. I am a 44 year old married mother or 2 teenage boys. Life requires my participation, people need me yet here I sit, in pain, trying to 'carry on' when all I want to do is cry out, "This is totaly & completely screwed up! Will somebody PLEASE help me!"