I'm scheduled in a week to have a microdiscectomy. When I first had sciatica, the pain was persistent, and very limiting (in about Feb. this year). In the last month, the symptoms have decreased to the point that I know it's still there, but it's nowhere near as bad as it was. I exercise a lot, but still can't do any high impact cardio stuff, bike ride, or horse ride, but I can do weight training and low impact workouts. Because of the improvement, I don't know whether or not to have my scheduled surgery or just postpone it in the hope that it will eventually get better enough to allow me to do the things I want to do. My surgeon said that if it impacted on my lifestyle then I should get it done, but I'll still be off all forms of exercising for at least 6 weeks (according to him) then I'll need to gradually build up to where I was. Any advice would be welcome!