thanks for your response. I have a horrible fear of having to have fusion - which is what my neuro said in a letter to my gp and wc. What he actually said was that there was a strong probability the surgery could fail and I would require fusion in the future. I guess that's been in the back of my mind all along, and I thought recuperation from this surgery was difficult. After reading posts from folks here who've had fusion, I'm scared to go there!
The numbness is so pronounced and I just thought it would subside some by now. It's weird that by the end of the day it feels like I'm limping a bit and sometimes it's uncomfortable to lie on that side - it seems to make it more numb. I was hoping the shooting pains could actually be the nerves getting better and that it's maybe a good sign - but still the numbness persists.
Thanks again - there's so much knowledge and support here on this board - I'm so glad I found it before my surgery.