After having Microdiscectomy almost 10 mons ago the pain has become unbearrable. My physical limitations have taken over my life. Is this the way it is? My surgeon told me I would have to learn to live with the pain. It's not just lower back. The pain shoots through my buttocks all the way down to my toes. I have weekness, numbness and tingling in the left leg. Also I cannot work. I take heavy pain medications which alter my moods and conditions but do not completely eliminate the pain.