Hi! I'm new here and really glad I found this forum. I had an emergency L5/S1 microdiscectomy w/ decompression and laminectomy 4 months ago. I laso have DDD. I've had pain for 3 months. An mri in Feb. showed the disc had bulged a little but not enough to cause pain. The pain was sciatic and drove me crazy. I had another mri this week because I'm having spots of tingling in the left leg, leg has started to tremor and still having pain when I do anything at all. MRI showed a little more of a buldge than in Feb. and also showed scar tissue close to the sciatic nerve. I will undergo my 2nd microdiscectomy (w/ scar tissue removalthis time) next week. I'm freaking out a little. The last time I had surgery there wasn't any time to freak out plus I couldn't feel anything from my hips down so I was up for whatever they said they needed to do. Guess I'm just needing some cheering on at this point. LOL! I remember the recovery being long and I went though withdrawels when I stopped taking the pain meds. This isn't on my list of things I want to do. Trying hard to be positive and not have a pity-party. I know it could be much worse. Thanks for listening!