hiya all. I have read most of the threads on here but cant find one that matches what I seem to have. I had a PLIF to L3-L4 over 12 months ago. I continue to find it difficult to bend over in the morning for at least 1/2 hour. I also have numbness and sharp pins and needles to both thighs. This occurs at the same time as my very lower back feels like it is being squeezed and this also becomes painful. This situation however, doesn't happen all the time. When I am moving just about my house I only get numbness to my thighs and that not all the time. Its whenever I go "for example" shopping. When I walk around the shops my legs and back become increasingly more painful until I have to sit. After a while the pain goes and I can once again walk for another short distance before it starts again. My doctor is sending me to the pain clinic and in the meanwhile is considering putting me on oxycontin. However, as the pain and effects of this seem to come and go does anyone think that this is overkill with the meds. And also, does anyone have anything similiar. It's driving me nuts as I don't know what I do that makes it come and go. Any help with this would be very very appreciated.