In 2005 I experienced severe sciatic pain from my right hip to my right foot. The pain was intense. I simply could not function at all unless I either periodically crouched down or pulled my right let up. Sleeping was very difficult.
After a year of trying first physical therapy, then 3 epidural injections, then a surgery to "clean out bone spurs", I finally had L5-S1 fusion with the screws, etc.
As soon as I came out of the anesthetic I knew this had worked. That night, with the help of my wife and a walker, I could walk.
Although I felt very weak and wobbly, the 3rd day I could negotiate up and down steps. No pain in my leg or at the incision point on my lower back. At the end of day 3 I went home and enjoyed the next 3 months on medical leave.
The doctor told me I could do anything that I used to do.
It has been eight years and I have never had a problem being very active.
I am now looking at a similar surgery in the C5-C6 area. In spite of my first success, I am looking at this with significant trepidation.