I had the last of three epidurals on 2/23/09 which gave me about five days of relief. Met with my ortho doc yesterday to see where I go from here and he recommended plasma disc decompression. Per the brochure, a patented plasma device is inserted through the cannula into the center of the disc using Coblation tecnology to remove excess tissue - this reduces the pressure on the disc, which eases symptoms. I'm set up for this procedure on the 18th. If anyone has had this procedure, I'd like to know if it was successful. My doc says he's had very good results thus far in his practice. This is a minimally invasive procedure which is something to try before microdisectomy. Having had some relief from the epidurals and having the pain come back to it's former strength is just so mentally and physically draining (as you all know) :''( . Thanks for the input.