I have been suffering from leg pain for about 3.5 years. I just turned 30 this past January. My MRI revealed an L4/L5 disc herniation. I have no idea how a I got it. I haven't been in any kind of major accident. After trying all conservative treatments, I finally had a microdiscectomy done on Feb 2. So tomorrow I'll be two weeks out from my surgery and get to have my stitches removed. Yesterday (Feb 14), I finally started feeling a reduction in pain with respect to my sciatica. For a while there, I totally thought my microdiscectomy was a failure. My doctor did tell me I may feel some tingling after the surgery which I did, but my symptoms of sciatica really never let up until yesterday. Im not really sure I understand why. If the bulge was removed, the nerve should have been decompressed and I should have been pain free after the surgery, right? Maybe muscle inflammation was causing the nerve to be irritated. I still feel my pain a little bit and Im still in the healing process from my surgery, but Im happy with the results so far. I walked a mile for the first time since my surgery this evening, wahoo!