It is now 4 months since my laminoforaminotomy and discectomy on L5 S1 for massive disc extrusion pressing on nerve. I started back to work on a limited basis and the drive is killing me. I am still having trouble getting to sleep with this crappy pain and at this point I feel like I don't have many options left for lessening or controlling this shovel in my side and the ax in my thigh. I'd like my life back. I don't understand why the docs keep wanting to throw me drugs that don't work and that cause horrible adverse reactions. Why didn't PT help? If I have scarring or nerve damage, will it ever improve or am I deluding myself?