Hey everyone I'm Jessica. last March after a 16 hour shift (CNA), I got out of my computer chair and heard a pop. The pain wasn't bad at first but eventually it got so bad and I went to my family dr. She knew what it was right away and whisked me off for an MRI. I got my results back and confirmed a herniated disc in the lumbar region. I can't tell you my exact results because I'm laying in bed on top of some icepacks...trying to fester up the courage to get out of bed. I am in so much pain!! It's sciatica pain from my hip (front and back) down to my ankle. I feel awful. I am scheduled to meet a neurosurgeon March 27th. I have done quite a bit of research on him and his medical ratings are outstanding. I am currently on hydrocodone and lately it hasn't touched to pain unless I take 2 every 4 hours and by then I'm in no condition to sit in class...on top of that, I have a 2 year old that needs his mother. Can someone give me some tips about what to discuss with my neurosurgeon? My pain doctor did 2 injections in the completely wrong vertebre. I kept telling him "It feels like sciatica!" and I trusted him when he told me that putting it in a higher region would help. One day last month he finally just gave me a shot in the butt cheek and I finally felt relief. It lasted 35 hours. I am upset I have to pay for those 2. I will never get another steroid. It hurt and it didn't provide an ounce of relief. I think now is the time to have surgery. I dread getting out of bed every day. When I finally do, I hobble over to my medicine cabinet to take hydrocodone. I hold my breath all the time because I'm afraid if I don't, I will scream. I am sick of not feeling better. Has anyone had a successful discectomy? Can I function on percocet? Thank you all.