Hello my name is Kristina and I am 25 years old. I have had 11 years of back pain due to degenerative disc disease and have two bulging discs. Finally November 9th, 2012 I had an ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Inter body Fusion) with 4 pedicle screws and two titanium cages put in on L4-L5 and L5-S1. The doctor said the surgery went good. But immediately in the recovery room I was screaming in pain. The nurses pushed the max of morphine then decided to start me on diloudid. It took the edge off but my left leg was killing me. Before surgery I had severe nerve pain from my lower back all the way down to the backs of my legs to my toes. That pain was now gone after surgery, but I had new pain down the whole top of my left leg. It was extreme to the point I couldn't hardly lift my leg 2 inches off the hospital bed. I stayed in the hospital four days. The day I went home the pain was a little less. I could manage to walk and move my leg. I got home and over the last 10 weeks I have been on a high dose of Norco 10-325. Two pills every 4-6 hours. Three weeks ago I dropped down to taking one Norco 5-325 only a few times a day. When I had a check-up with my doctor he said my most recent CAT Scan showed a nerve may be touching my lowed titanium cage and could explain my pain. But the doctor also felt as if it could just be inflammation. So three weeks ago he put me on Lyrica 75 mg twice daily. My leg pain seems as if it has gotten a tad bit better but I'm still in severe pain. I had a check up with my doctor last week. He said he still thinks its inflammation and wants me to wait the pain out another month and if it didn't get better he would go in through the back and shave off a part of the titanium cage, then he would put a few screws and a rod in to help support everything so no more nerves would touch and cause pain. My concern is I have had this severe pain since the moment after surgery. I feel as if the doctor knew he put the cage too far over and he should have immediately went back in to fix the problem. Instead I have been suffering for three months. I need to know if anybody else has been in this position with nerve pain and a second surgery being performed.