I have had sciatic problems since 06, but in January 08 it became unbearable and my husband had to put my socks on for me. I have had 3 epidural injections since then, and they helped me a lot. They last about 6 months, and then the pain comes back. However, the pain that has come back since my last injection is spuratic and I can put on my own socks. Any type of activity that involves bending, pulling, or twisting causes a lot of pain though. I raked my yard and paid dearly for 5 days. Vacuuming even hurts. I want to be able to do my normal activities, and my neurologist told me I was a good candidate for a discectomy, but I'm wondering if it's a good choice. Has anyone else had spuratic pain down their leg that about collapses you, but other times feel fine? If so, have you had a discectomy, and would you do it again? Sick of injections because of cost and worry of long term effects.