I had my first laminectomy in May 2009, my second laminectomy in July 2009, and my L4-L5 PLIF May 3, 2010. I was able to go off pain medicine for a few months, but am now finding pain to be almost as bad as it was before my first surgery. I went from taking 1 Norco every week or 2 to now taking about 5 per week, so I am getting worried about it. The low back pain is worse, and I find that whenever I do any housework (mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms) I end up in pretty bad pain. When I try to get on the elliptical, take the dogs for a walk, try to make whoopie with the hubs, garden, the pain is almost unbearable. I had my 5th MRI a few weeks ago. When the nurse called she could only say that there was no significent change, but I have an appointment with the dr. tomorrow and she will go over everthing in detail with me. I do know that I have some permanent damage in my left leg, but feeling that I've had an electrical shock from my butt down to the tips of my toes is NOT fun! I am just wondering if this is just something that I am going to have to live with for the rest of my life, or if there is something that can be done. Thanks for all your help!