I have been suffering from sciatica in my left leg for nearly 9 months. It started slowly, but eventually spread from my buttocks to my foot, and at times the stiffness/pain/numbness can be quite debilitating, as I'm sure many of you know. I occasionally have pain in my lower back as well, but not always. I tried physiotherapy to no avail, and was finally sent for an MRI, which showed a sizeable herniation at L5/S1. My physiatrist recommended steroid injections and referred me for a neurosurgical consult as well. After one injection my foot pain and numbness is mostly gone, but much of the lower back/buttock/thigh pain remains. It can be pretty bad when I sit or walk, even on meds. I have since seen the neurosurgeon, who says I am an ideal candidate for a microdiscectomy surgery. I'm unsure if I should try a second round of injections, or just go for the surgery. I should add that I am an otherwise healthy, active 30 yr old woman. My family is pushing me to get the surgery, as it will 'fix' the herniation and not just block the nerve, however I'm only finding negative experiences with the surgery online. Can anyone report a positive experience with the microdiscectomy surgery?