Hello. My name is Dan and I am a 42yr old male in the military. For several years I struggled with lower back pain (wasn't from any real injury). I tried everything I could think of: yoga, chiro etc. I was having pain on the right side of my sacrum and I could feel the pain run down my right leg. Some days I could feel it in my thigh and some days it went all the way to my foot. I was finally given an MRI and within two months, I had an L5/S1 ALIF. Its now 2.5 weeks after surgery. Some things are good and some are not. My back feels great and the pain in my abdomen from the incision has even gone. I'm already very flexible (more than I thought I would be for 2.5 weeks) and I can walk, drive with no real problems. I don't feel any pain at all in my right leg. Now for the bad. Starting in my left thigh, i'm losing sensation and it runs all the way to my foot. The further down it goes, the more painful and burning it feels. Walking is painful. The top of my foot, ankle, insole, and big toe are very painful and it feels as If I've been burnt. The skin is uncomfortable to the touch in those areas. My surgeon has prescribed gabapentin, steroids, and more oxycodone (which I only use at night). I'm scheduled for an MRI to see what's going on. I'm just worried that this is permanent. Any experience with this? Does this pain go away?