37yo male, had an L5-S1 microdiscectomy Feb. 2012 and an ALIF in August 2012. Been on pain meds/gabepentin/neurontin, etc. Transferred to pain mgmt doc due to DEA rules and have tried cymbalta, lyrica, nucenta, morphine, etc. My latest scrip was the morphine which helped greatly for two weeks or so and then the nerve pain started back up again, but it was manageable. I stopped taking it a few days ago because of side effects (ill tempered, little patience, loss of sex drive/ejaculation, and we can't have that) and it's almost like the nerve pain has barely gone down since before my fusion. I've had four injections including a caudal and my pain mgmt doc says there's no way it can still be inflammatory, it has to be scar tissue and/or permanent nerve damage at this point. I am crushed. I detest the idea of being on opiates for the rest of my life but I'm scared at the prospect of a spinal cord stimulator, which is what he recommended if the nerve hasn't healed by the 1 year point after fusion. What the hell should I do? He says I'm a perfect candidate for it given the type of nerve pain I have down my right leg. What about an interferential device? Has anyone had success with those? I feel like I'm at the end of my rope with this, and very angry/scared/upset at my prognosis.