Its been 4 weeks since I had a L4-5 foraminotomy and I'm still having a lot of pain. The NS did an MRI two weeks ago which showed inflamation. On Monday this week I started taking Methylprednisolone for a 6 day short course treatment. Its been 5 days now and I had another sleepless night. Still having pain in left lumbar down into my shin area between knee and ankle. I'm getting really discouraged as its going on 5 weeks now. This was supposed to be a relatively easy micro surgery rather than a full blown laminectomy for stenosis. Anybody have any experience with this?