i have been having sciatic nerve pain for 1 year now, my mri showed bulging disc l4,l5 and a herniated disc l5,si. i have had physical therapy, been to a chiropractor several times in the past. i still do stretches, the ones i am able to do everyday. i take celebrex, gabapentin, and hydrocodone. i have a physical job as a material handler, lifting up to 70 pounds. i am fine most all day long, the pain comes from sitting mostly after work, even if only a short time. i am not sure if i am ready for a microdiscetomy yet, the neurosurgeon said i would benefit from having it done. oh i also have had 4 steroid epidural injections, that only helped for a short time. my lower back has also been hurting more on the left side. i am worried i might have bad luck with the surgery and not be able to support my family. i am not overweight at all, 5"9" 170 lbs. anyway it seems most people on her that have had a microdiscectomy have to have more and more operations down the road, are there any good outcomes at all? if i did not have to worry about being able to do my job, that i like very much i would get the surgery tommorrow. thanks for any response.