After 2 months of pain (also tried epidural), I finally got my surgery done ( L5S1 lower lumbar laminectomy/discectomy ) in the hopes that I would get rid of the leg pain in 1-2 weeks. Everyone I know who has had this surgery said there was 100% relief in leg pain and they were back to work in a weeks times after surgery! This had set my expectation. I just completed 4 weeks after surgery and though I do not have excruciating pain going down my leg anymore, I am far from being 100% ok. My leg still hurts, gets numb, tingles, burns, pins and needles sensation etc. Standing in one place for more that 5 mins brings the unpleasant locking sensation in the buttock right back. My neurosurgeon has put me back on anti inflammatory (Indocin 50mg 3 times a day for 2 weeks) to help calm the nerve down. My neurosurgeon says that since my disc herniation was very large and my nerve was impinged for 2 months, the nerve is still very inflamed. She also tells me "nerves take a long time to heal". I am very disappointed and was wondering if there are others with the same experience.