I'm new here, so here's my story. In late October/early November of 1999, at the age of 26, I had a "major" herniation at L5/S1, so severe that I was barely able to walk. It came on suddenly with no injury and progressively got worse. I had a discectomy performed and was pretty much back to normal, very successful and I was very happy with the results as I was 99.9% "cured" with occassional minimal back pain (no leg pain) which would resolve on its own after a day or two. 12 years later, beginning in the middle of August, the leg pain (sciatica) began to reappear. I had an MRI done which showed a moderate reherniation at L5. I went through 2 epidurals and PT with no relief. The pain was bad but I was able to walk and "live with it," but I didn't want to deal with it forever. So I saw an ortho surgeon who performed a "redo" discectomy this past Tuesday, November 8. The surgeon said there was much more material herniated than the MRI showed but that surgery went very, very well. At first, that night, no pain, probably because I was loaded up with narcotics. Then Wednesday, minimal pain, not too bad. Then yesterday, moderate pain, beginning to hurt a bit. Now today the pain level is back to where it was pre-op, in exactly the same places, starts in right buttock and radiates down to behind my right knee. I don't have a follow-up appointment until the 30th. Any thoughts on what I'm experiencing? The first surgery the only pain I experienced post-op was at the incision. Is there any hope left that the 2nd surgery was successful? I'm 38yo and really, really scared, I cannot live with this pain for the rest of my life..... Sorry for the novel-length post.