Hello all. I am trying to decide if I should go through with my scheduled microdiscectomy on July 27. Background: I am a 27 yr old male. I injured my back lifting weights in January. At first I had incredible pain and some spasms. Over a few weeks the pain in my back went away but i began having sciatica. Now I am perfectly fine when I sit but have trouble standing or walking very far. I get some combination of pain and tingling from my left buttock to my foot. If I try to push myself too far, the situation gets inflamed and I have a good deal of pain for several days until things cool down and its back to my normal discomfort. I should say that unless I have aggravated it with too much walking the pain goes away when I sit. Some nights I have some trouble falling asleep because I have some pain when I lay down, but I can usually fall asleep before too long. I had x rays and an MRI done which lead to the neurosurgeon recommending the microdiscectomy. I can post my MRI results later but they basically said I had a herniated disk with annular tear around L5. My main concern is that I am in general not in too much pain. Yes my lifestyle is restricted and sometimes I can get quite frustrated at myself when trying to cut grass or change light fixtures in my new house, but it is manageable. I am worried that the surgery could leave me with more pain than I am in now. I have heard that after this surgery people often have pain when sitting. What if the surgery does not successfully relieve my pain and then I am left with pain when I stand OR sit? Does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks in advance!