It had been 16 weeks since I had a L5/S1 lumbar fusion for a spondy with mild stenosis. I have numbness down my right buttocks, thigh and calm left ankle. I didn't have this before the surgery, My muscles on the left side are fine but the right side is still really sore I struggle to sit for long, can't stand for long and can't walk very far. My neurologist said he had to pick through the scar tissue to find the nerve but expects 100% recover. He also sais he doesn't understand why I am having these symptoms and that maybe it is all in my head and that I just need to pull my socks up and get on with it. I go to physio every week and hydrotherapy every day. My physio said the muscles should be fully healed by 6 weeks and doesn't understand why mine are still sore. Since there doesn't seem to be any reasons for me to have these symptoms I'm scared this is how it is going to be for me from now on. All the positive stories of spinal fusions seems to be from people who recover very quickly and are back into their lives in 6 weeks or so, I don't see many stories of people like me who take time yet recover fully. Anyone else take a long time to heal?