I've posted recently and I've had no responses. I've been having bad back pain(especially at night--I wake up at least 8-10 times a night). I had discectomy surgery 6 weeks ago. At the 4 week point I thought I was free and clear. For once I felt positive and happy. And I looked forward to the future. Then BAM! My back felt like it went out when I leaned to the side--a VERY slight lean. Since then my back has been bothering me and the sciatic pain has been rearing its ugly head again. BUT, when I get out of bed the pain decreases right away and I'm fully ambulatory. But that initial feeling of something going wrong with my back has brought back the mental demons. I just spent $12,000 to go to India to get the surgery done (in Alberta Canada the waiting list is between 2-4 years). The remainder of my savings to support myself are rapidly nearing an end. I need to get back to work. I'm afraid to because of my recent pain. The thought of a life of continuous pain scares the hell out of me. Please, if anyone who's had discectomy surgery(and post-op complications) can respond you'd help me greatly. I'm going to pay for a follow up MRI in the next two weeks. It'll cost me $750.00 (which I can hardly afford), but I need peace of mind. The waiting time for an MRI in Alberta is 6 to 8 months. Our health care in Canada SUCKS!!! Please, somebody...help.