Hi Everyone. I'm new to this forum. Hoping for some advice or info. History includes a cervical fusion in 2001 ( sadly I can't recall exact level but believe it involved C4-C5). Great results and a ful recovery. In May of 2007 had a right side L5-S1 discectomy, with a revision laminectomy one month later due to a recurrent herniation at the same level when they removed additional hardened disc fragments. Again great results and a seemingly good recovery and Life was pretty good untill this past year when increasing familiar pain led me to another MRI showing two herniations and dehydration to this same disc and it was desided to do a PLiF at the same level, L5-S1. I had the fusion Nov 26, 2012 and aside from the expected and seemingly normal dredful painful legs, I also experienced immediately from the time of recovery numb and severely painful hands. The screaming level of pain would arrive upon waking every morning, swollen, stiff shooting pain as well as a burning feeling. Pain level would fluctuate some days better than others but was there every day for about the first 4-5 hours after waking up. Numbness never goes away though. usual pain meds, percocet, valium and zanaflex as the doctor felt sure these were all as with my leg pain, just muscle spasm. I found better relief with ice. On December 29th I awoke to stiff, swollen, hot and numb hands but the screaming pain has been gone ever since. Amen!! Doctor has reasurred me we will evaluate everything on my first check January 8th. I'd like some input from anyone out there who is willing to even sugggest what they have found through their own experience. Thanks so much even for just listening.