I've read a couple of posts of individuals experiencing the same type of "nerve pain" that I have in my leg. I had a TLIFT (fusion) of L5-S1 and stabilization of L4-L5 on Dec 16th. I am out of my mind with burning, stabbing pain in my calf, top of foot and toes. The nurse said "hang in there" and my Lyrica was increased to 150 mg 3 times a day. It helps a little. If I really knew this was temporary I think I could tolerate it better. This pain is worse than what I had pre-op. Can anyone out there give any reassurance that this post op nerve pain, aka nerve root irritation, gets better? Thanks.