Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I had an L4-L5 PLIF 6 weeks ago. The NS did not fuse L5-S1 as he said it had auto-fused. My surgery was for severe stenosis at L4-L5. I woke up and had severe numbness in left foot and right big toe. I also could not lift(dorsiflex) my left foot. I went back for post surgery check up at 3 weeks and incision looked well. However, last Thursday I woke up with severe low back pain. I stayed in bed for most of 2 days. I feel somewhat better today, however, my foot pain at the ankle joint hurts pretty bad when walking. I have made an appt with NS for tomorrow. I am wondering if my low back pain is due to the limping I have due to the foot drop. Should I ask NS for an EMG tomorrow? I am concerned that the numbness/pain in foot has not gotten better and may result in permanent nerve damage? I ask because I have read that nerve damage can become permanent after 6 weeks. Thanks for everyone's replies. you guys are wonderful. I would also like to say I have found a new love and admiration for my wife as she has been an angel from above during this whole process. I am surely blessed!