I am 7 days post-op from an L5-S1 fusion and from the time I was in recovery I mentioned that my left foot was numb. I stayed in hospital 3 nights and was released on the 4th day even though the nerve pain was going from numb to the feeling of my "foot is on fire". The next day at home the Pain was unbearable and after a trip to the ER I was readmitted to hospital and am currently still in hospital. Surgeon keeps stating that the sciatic nerve is just irritated from surgery and will just have to heal itself hopefully. Taking dilaudid injections and Percocet as well as Neurotin and now a medrol dose pack and Tizanidine and pain is still unbearable. I do not know how long I will be in hospital. This recovery as well as the normal recovery of the fusion is not what I was expecting when I decided to have this surgery. I am just looking to communicate with anyone else who has had this complication from this surgery and look for suggestions on how to deal with this. This is my 3rd back surgery so I have recovered from back surgery but have never dealt with this before. Thanks for any suggestions.