Hi to all fellow sufferers... I had a microdiscectomy in August 2010 to treat sciatic pain in my right leg. This surgery was not successful as the disk protruded further causing intense pain in my lower back and both legs. A week post surgery I was given no choice but to have the disk removed a titanium cage put in place and fusion of L4, L5 & S1. During the fusion surgery the surgeon placed 2 screws in to far damaging L4 and L5 nerves on my left side. This was corrected with a third surgery another week later where he corrected the screws and relieved the pressure on the nerves. I have progressively got worse with cramping in my lower back, burning tingling and numbness in my left leg muscle wasting of left shin and foot drop of my left foot. I also have bursitis in both hip joints. Now at 45 years of age a single mum of 3 boys and living on the disability support pension with chronic pain life is really hard. I've stopped socialising and going out with friends have many addictions including cigarettes and pain killers lyrica, codapain, brufen and valium. I have frequent rest periods through the day and feel I've become lazy. My life has changed and I have changed because of my pain... If anyone knows of a treatment or medication that can give me back some quality of life please let me know.