Andy, I take Lyrica, and I noticed a difference in pain in a couple of days. It really helped me with the "hot poker" pain. Sorry to hear that it is not helping you much. You should really talk to your doctor about taking Celebrex instead of Motrin. My doc said that it is the only NSAID that does not interfere with the fusion process. Not sure how the Army handles brand name drugs... I, too, had my pain come back about 2-3 wks after surgery. It was really devastating, but the Lyrica has helped. I have heard that Lyrica has been dosed up to 600 mg per day, so maybe a higher dose will help. I am taking 300 mg per day, and am going to try to talk to my doctor into trying 450/day. I wish you the best of luck.