I am very new to the forum (and new to back problems), so any help you can give I would really appreciate. I started having severe low back pain in January 2009, sciatic nerve made it very painful to walk. After physical therapy and cortizone injections, I was told that the canal between L4 and L5 were almost 100% blocked. The Dr. also said that he was very surprised that he hadn't seen me 10 years before. I had a laminectomy on May 13th, and am now 3 weeks post op. My question is, am I suppose to have sciatica pain that is worse that it was before surgery? Such a simple task as unloading the dryer caused what felt like an electrical jolt from my left rump cheek all the way down to my foot. My left foot is still numb.