I am writing this for help from anyone who has been through this. I am 9 weeks after surgery to shave down a herniated disc on L5, S1. I spent 11 months trying every form of therapy known to man, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, decompression, etc...to no avail. I had my first round of injections in June of 2011. The first little relief, the second was miraculous! No pain for about 35 days, the third lasted only 2 weeks. The pain eventually came back.( sorry, bad sciatic, left leg). Iwas functioning ok with the use of ibuprofen three times a day. I wanted it fixed. My neurosurgeon, one of the best in the region assured me this would be an immediate difference in my pain and mobility. I had the surgery In early Dec and felt a little pain for 2 days after. Since then, my pain has tripled from the original pain I felt year ago. I'm watching a company I started 12 years ago go down the tubes because I can't sleep more than 3 hours a night, I cant sit in chairs or my vehicle more than 5 minutes at a time without intense pain. I now cannot function without pain killers every 3 to 4 hours throughout a 24 hr day. I just started another injection set and the first shot 10 days ago Hasn't made any difference. I've heard about my nerve being upset, give it more time, all the excuses from my doctor. I don't think he's hearing me. I'm in the process of getting another opinion, but would like to know if there is anyone who has found comfort after surgery for worse sciatica?