Hello, my name is Tammy and I am 38. I had back surgery two weeks ago and I am am in so much more pain now than I was prior to the surgery. Before surgery I had n MRI that showed buldging of the L4 and cartilage that had been pushed out from the disk that was sitting on nerves (hence the severe leg pain). So I went to physical therapy for weeks and that didn't work. I had two lumbar epiderals. The first one lasted two months, the second one lasted 5 months and then it got severely worse and my Neuro-Surgeon scheduled emergency surgery two Saturday's ago. After the medication from the surgery was gone, I thought I was going to cut off my own leg. The pain in my left leg from the left butt check through my leg down into my ankle bone is horrible. The Doctor said it was post-surgical swelling and presecribed an oral steriod pack, which took hardly took the edge off. When that was done, he called in another steroid, but stronger, which didn't help at all. He scheduled an MRI which indicates an increased soft tissue material in the left side of the spinal canal with increased displacement of the thecal sac in the region of the anterolateral spinal canal on the left side compared to the previous MRI. This could be due to increase size in disk protrusion versus postoperative reactive soft tissue in this area. At my follow-up he told me I was in the 10% of back surgeries that fail and that he wanted me to try another epideral. That was last Friday. Seemed to help a very little bit but unlike the other two epiderals this one hurt and the injection site is still very painful, but I can at least walk, although every step is very painful. The Surgeon told me if the epideral didn't work, he would go back in and repeat the surgery. He did a discectomy and cartilage shaving. He did say however that there is always that 10% margin that it won't be successful. Okay, so what the heck. I understand that my leg is not hurt, it is a nerve or nerves causing the pain, but can't something be done? I have children, a full time job and a house to run. This can't be it for me. I can't function like this and I don't take medication for the sake of taking it, but advil is my new best friend and I am worried about the quantity of that I am ingesting. Does anyone have any insight???