Spine friends - I am 8 days post-op from TLIF on L5/S1. Maybe I am not using enough pain meds, but I still cannot walk normally. I have shooting nerve pain from the base of my sacral area down through my butt on the right side and through my hamstring. Also have a nerve-ache (feels like a toothache) in my left outside part of my shin when I lay down. I was walking pretty good the first 3 days, but the last 3 days have not been as good. For those that have nerve pain post surgery, how quickly does that subside? At this point and I can walk out the the mailbox and back (about 50 yds roundtrip) but not with a normal gait and when I get back am really ready for the ice pack. Am I rushing the walking? Everything I have read says the more you walk the better you will feel. I am not find that to be the case. I have some lower back pain but nothing compared to these shooting pains through my butt. Too early to worry?