Spoke with my neurosurgeon and he said my MRI was clear of herniations. He also said the scar tissue there is normal for the type of surgeries I've had. 2 Microdiscectomies.
He agrees that it could possibly be the piriformis and/or si joint causing me problems. I've started acupuncture. I have done 2 treatments so far and notice a huge difference. I haven't taken an anti-inflammatory in days and I'm sleeping better. I will take the good days. I have learned a lot from this recent flare. I gave up running and I'm actually happy. I feel like there is so much out there to be explored and discovered. I am spending more time with friends and I'm keeping optimistic that this is just one of the storms I have to go through to get better.
If you live in chronic pain, I'd say give the acupuncture a try.
Microdiscectomy L5/S1 2010
Revision microdiscectomy after reherniation L5/S1 2014