I have chronic lower back pain from lumbar spinal fusion surgery since mid '07. I've been taking 50mg of Tramadol 2/day and have increased to 3/day plus I use a tens unit to assist me when I walk. My pain has increased so much now that there is absolutely no relief whatsoever. The constant searing, electrical like feeling I have more so in all of my entire right leg and periodically in my left has left me pretty much immobile for much of the day. I saw my personal physician about this and he referred me to a doctor of physical therapy. I feel like I've been misdiagnosed and that they perception of what happening is all muscular. They are assuming that what I need is a heavy dose of physical therapy. I have been doing aquatic exercises for about 3 months before my symptoms took hold. I feel like these folks might want to study up on the long term nerve problems from this type of surgery and not to be so quick at wanting to get too physical with therapy first. I'm in my late 50's and 6' 5" am not overweight. Worked outside heavy industry for 30 yrs. All of my L's are screwed to my vertebrae with rod supports and to S-1 also. What do you think?