My pain, rather symptoms started in April of 2008. No pain, just an irritating numbness on the bottom of my left foot. With in 6 weeks or so I started getting pain in my left but cheek. X-Rays and MRI's failed to expose the problem so I went in for a procedure called a discogram. The Dr. puts a needle in the suspected disc; in my case the L5/S1. and then another needle into an adjacent disc. When air pressure was applied to the good disc I felt no discomfort, but when the put the air into the L5/S1 WOW..terrible pain there at the disc, but nothing down the leg. The injected a contract dye, which when x-rayed clearly showed several fissures in my disc that were leaking lots of dye...so under the knife I went. They went in though my stomach and put a couple of Titanium plates at the L5/S1, Months of painful recovery and rehab and no real improvement. I still suffer moderate to severe pain, mainly in my butt. I get the worse pain from sitting. I sit for my job, and a lot of it is multi-day conf meetings that run 10=12 hrs a day. I then went to a pain specialist one year after my surgery and he has got my pain under much better control using Fentanyl patches. I have the worse time keeping the 3 day patches on for more than a day or two. I still take Percocet for breakaway pain, but I’m clearly taking too many drugs. My current Dr. performed two facet blocks and I got pretty good, short time relief and so he proceeded to perform some sort of radio wave treatment on the facet area, but 5 weeks later I’m still in a lot of pain. from the ball of my foot, up the outside of my left leg and its really bad in the center of my but...any suggestions?