Brian, I will try to be brief. I had s1/s2 fused w/o hardware in 1982, L5 laminectomy May 2006, L5 fusion with hardware in Feb 2007 and am going back to the operating room Nov. 28th to have hardware removed, bmp added, possible anterior plate added, cage insertion, and a laminectomy.
I have nerve pain across the back right hip, down the side of the thigh, front of the thigh, skip the calf, right side of the foot into the pinky toe, into the three toes, and sole of the foot. When I first began having sciatica, I had the hip and thigh. After my first nerve block, I had sciatica in the foot. After my second nerve block, I ended up with increased back pain and pain in the front of my thigh. (No more nerve blocks for me - you could not pay me!!)
My nerve pain is mechanical in nature and is movement based. I also can't lay on my right side or lean back without excrutiating sciatica pain.
Unfortunately, I am allergic to elavil, palemor, lyrica and neurotin which are all nerve meds. My doctors will not perscribe topomax or cymbalta so at this point I am not on anything that will releive nerve pain.