i had spinal fusion at l5-s1 back in october of 2013, i just found out that i have permanent nerve damage with l5 and s1 nerves. i cannot take lyrica , or the other major nerve pain medications because they cause massive weight gain within a month. so now i am left with pain in the left entire leg that is constant at a pain rating of 7-8, thats not good. i am taking hydrocodone and flexeral. but these medications do not control the pain to a level of comfort a person can live withvery well. i am not new to surgeries i have had three so far, 2 cervical spine and the 3rd. at l5-s1 that was unsuccessful, because the nerve roots were compressed to long before surgery. (appx. 1 1/2 years. i look at some of the posts here and se a lot of people telling other people ; you will just half to live with the pain. you can not live with pain levels of 6 or greater for an extended period of time and most people on here should already know that. i may half to use a lawyer for a claim of patient abandonment because my last neurosurgeon who preformed all three surgeries refuses to prescribe medications for permanent nerve damage. i do not understand how doctors knowing this kind of condition can just ignore their patients welfare.