Had my Surgery July 25, still in pain, almost as bad as before. I had an L4-L5 Discectomy. Surgery was supposed to last an hour but ended up lasting two. Surgeon said the disc remnants had calcified on nerve root and he had to really scrape to remove disc material. APRN follow up told me to expect long long recovery, nerves take the longest to heal, as they have to re-generate???? Still taking Lyrica and Hydrocodone as needed, but I am comatose from this medication and am just about going crazy to get off the meds. Going back for a second MRI Friday, I had to push to get this done. At the Surgery site I now have a pronounced "bump." Will this go away???? I have been cleared for Elliptical exercise at the Gym, but when can I begin bending over again, will I ever be able to??? Frustrated and depressed. Any one else???