hello- im new here and read a few postings and did not find much comfort. i am six days post op from a microdisectomy L4-5 on the left side. my story begins that i have had this bulge for many years and over the last two years i would have pain but it always went away after five weeks. well five months ago i worked three weeks straight at my desk job and my pain came back and never went away. i went to three different back doctors who just dismissed me or my pain. i think they thought i was a drug seeker because my pcp gave me vicodin to sleep through the night. because i was honest up from with this they judged me. i had an mri back in feb and one back doctor told me that wasnt causing my pain. really? i could not walk straight and had tears in my eyes. i left there crying. i tried two other doctors who really just dismissed me and said they couldnt do anything. one day i ended up in the er. i couldnt walk they had to bring me in on a stretcher. when i got there they gave me a shot that barely took the pain away and discharged me 45 minutes later, barely being able to walk out. i asked for a referral to specialist and they told me i didnt need one. so upset i started to think this was all in my head. i made an appointment with a spinal surgeon and wrote him this long letter of all that had happened and if he couldnt help me send my to someone who could. he ordered another mri. this was five months after my first. i had a huge bulging disc. we tried injections and did not work. then he offered a microdisectomy. i had this done last Monday. my surgeon assured me this would take away the pain in my butt, side butt, calf and ankle. day three post op i am in terrible pain in the same area. not even at the surgical site. my doctor prescribed more oxycodone 5mg 2-3 every four hours. this barely took away the pain. by friday i couldnt take the pain any longer and he prescribed me the steroid pack. come saturday i thought it actually started to work. it seemed the pain was bearable and i was down to 1 oxy every 5 hours. now its sunday. i have had the butt and leg ache all day. i am back up to 2-3 oxy every 4 hours again. i can barely walk. i am supposed to go back to work tomorrow and there is no way i can do that. i am so frustrated and thought this was suppose to work. i know that i have read give it time. but i am exactly in the same boat as before the surgery. when will the relief come? i also think that the vicodin that i was taking before the surgery would work better. does anyone have any experience with what medication works best? i dont want to get hooked on this oxy. i am going to my pcp tomorrow to talk about this since she was the one who medicated me before the surgery. does this surgery even work for anyone? help am feeling so discouraged!!