Tonight was a good one, got 5 hours of sleep. Probably because I got three last night. I have severe sciatica, the pain is at a 9 out of 10 right now and I function like this every day. It is causing weakness and numbness in the leg and foot also. Has been really bad for about 8 months. My neurosurgeon feels that we should do surgery with an 11mm disc rupture in my L4-L5 and the weakness it is causing. He also said I could do an epidural since I haven't done any radical treatment yet. The reason for waiting so long is that I am uninsured. I am a point now where I have to decide what to do, I can't live this way anymore. I have three children and a husband that are being affected and I have to think about them to. As I lay here sobbing on my living room floor (like I do every night) I am still wondering if I have waited to long for surgery to effectively work? Has anyone got any advice as to whether they had an epidural or lumbar discectomy with my condition? My doc is afraid that I have waited to long and is thinking that my success rate for a good outcome has gone down for surgery.