I joined this forum about a week ago due to a recent diagnosis of pars defefect and degenerative'spondy'(II) between L5 and S1, and of course sciatica down the leg and foot. The comments from everyoen have been very helpful. The worst part of the pain is that you begin to feel as if you will never get away from it. I wanted to post that I am FINALLY experiencing true relief after a mild dose of and antidepressent. Has anyone else experienced this at all? I had heard about the antideppressants helping with pain, but was seriously skeptical. So, while I'm working through the PT and getting 'ready' for surgery ( I finally found a surgeon after much good advice) , I can at least get a break from the constant nagging pain. Hope everyone else finds something that works for them too.