Hello. I had my 7 week check up last week. Sad to say things are not going as well as I had hoped. I have a MI tlif of the L4-L5 on oct 26. Surgeon said he did not use BMP as my own bone quality wasn't bad. Used spare bits and pieces of my own bone Interbody fusion with peek cage, 4 screws and 2 rods. I was home within 2 days, no infection and minimal pain meds needed after surgery. Incisions have healed but still tender in spots. After I got a bit more active, at about 3 weeks I noticed the same pain returning to my right leg. My left is ok. It's not more pain than before about the same. In my butt area, down the back of the thigh, calf and into my foot. Comes and goes, moves around, sometimes disappears. But it is the same type of nerve pain, that's for sure. I haven't overdone it with lots of BLT. I would walk sometimes for an hour or more. I'm trying to practice pelvis tilt and activating deep core muscles. I have been to 1 physio appt, recommended by the surgeon. Very light exercises, no stretching. The surgeon has ordered a CT scan(who knows when that will be, I live in Canada) He said to me 7 weeks is still early but how can I have the same pain back. Says that nerves can take up to 12 months to regenerate. I don't have any numbness. How do they regenerate in relation to pain? I am thinking of starting Cymbalta at a low does of 30 mg. How have people faired with it? I am so upset and feel myself slipping into depression. I waited 15 months for this operation and was so happy when It finally happened and I could get on with life. Now things look rather bleak to me. I am also going to a podiatrist to check my stance and walk and see if he thinks I need orthotics. Everyone that calls asks how I'm doing and thinks everything is ok. I don't want to tell friends and family how I feel. Only my husband knows and I feel sorry for him because he has been dealing with this for 2 years. Any comments or info will be much appreciated.