I had micro surgery from the back 2 years ago and the dr placed a cage and screws in my l5 s1. i began to have pain and went back to the dr. who did x-rays and confirmed everything was alright. He sent me to his pain management who continued to prescribe Vicodin for the pain and gabapentin. The pain continued to get worse and the pain management dr told me it was in my head. That was my last visit to them I continued for 16 months in pain and left leg numbness until I went to a new pain management dr that I was told was the best. They cat scanned and set me up for shots that I had previously taken to break up what they thought was scar tissue. Those did not help. They then referred me to a well known back surgeon in the dallas area who did a nerve test which was no fun, and a ct mylogram. The ct showed the cage that was done by the first dr had collapsed, no grafting had taken place and the screws were loose. Surgery was done through the front this time and the dr had to cut out parts of the cage that collapsed that had smashed into the bone. I am now 6 weeks post op, full size cage, on vicoden and lyrica and ny right leg I never had problems with is numb from my front thigh to my toes. My foot feels like it is going to explode 24 hours a day and is numb as well. My left leg is still numb as it has been before the procedure.I was sent for a blood clot test which was negative and waiting for the dr to call me back to decide what needs to be done next. So far the best explanation has been that the retraction they use during the surgery rest on top of the nerves during the procedure so it aggravates the nerves. I have never been in so much pain! Has anyone else had these kind of problems or have any suggestions......I am at the end of my nerves.