I haven't posted too much here, but I have so appreciated the information/advice/shoulders to cry on! I had an L5-S1 laminectomy/discectomy on 3/2/09. All went well for the first 2 weeks and then I awoke with bad sciatic pain once again. About a 6-7 on the scale. Since then my surgeon has given me 2 dose packs (I start the 2nd tomorrow) of prednisone. I'm taking 5-6 lortab 5/500 per 24 hour period, sometimes 7. I've read some posts here which indicate that some nerve pain is perhaps normal post surgery? Should it be pretty constant, because mine is. I'm walking 1/2 to 1 mile daily, not overdoing and attempting not to under do, but I'm scared. I hate this pain. Any feedback? Thank you.