I have found your site interesting and informative. Last year i suffred a work place injury on my L4/L5 disc i Reuptred the disc i tried all avenues before surgery from rest, Physio, epidural injections and medications. Three months after the injury my Ortho surgeon booked me in for a microdiscectomy. The surgery went well and 6 weeks after surgery i returned to work on light duties 4 hours a day 3 days a week with physio. Around the 8th week i dont know what happened but all the pain came back and off again for another MRI, that showed that i reherninated the disc so back in we go for another surgery. This time i was placed on extreme restictions after the surgery. Everything was feeleing ok(i still had some minor pain but no medication was needed)around the 3 month mark the pain down my leg started again and i had just started Hydrotherapy. i went to my treating Gp who advised me to stop Hydro until i seen the surgeon. Well he had some time of for xmas and i didnt see him until the new year. Once i got into see him another MRI was ordered and this one showed that scar tissue was growing around the nerve root and that there was nothing he could do and was refred to a pain specilist. i now take Fentanyl 50 patches as well as Nupentin 9 times a day. I have been reading some of the posts on this site and it has helped to know i am not crazy with all the pain that i am in. No one understands until it happens to them. Once again this is a great site and i look forward to chatting to some of you.