I am 24, I have had a pinched sciatic nerve for 5 years. It originally was much worse but still causes me consistent grief. I am at a point in my life where I want to be active, I want to play sports, I want to take martial arts most of all. Sciatica stops me in my tracks from doing any of this. I have tried physical therapy three times, always makes it worse. I have take generic neurontin and it does absolutely nothing. My symptoms are exclusively leg pain, there is no back pain at all. From what I read my type of symptoms would benefit from a microdiscectomy. Can I have some opinions on this? Similar experiences?