Eight years ago I was diagnoised with L4-L5, S1 disk herniation. I went through a round of edpidurals in my spine at a pain clinic. I had not had any problems with my back since that time. Until, I woke up with a backache on a Sunday morning. By the end of the day, I could barely walk. I went into my PCP's office on Monday and he gave me a round of prednisone, celebrex, and a normal steroid shot in my back. My doctor diagnosed me with sciatica. Here are my symptoms: Numb right foot, pain down the back of my right thigh, right foot swollen, limping, and pain in my lower back on the right side. I am scheduled for a CAT scan on Thursday. I have been able to control the pain up until today with Celebrex, Tylenol and Tylenol PM's. Today, I picked up my cat to comb her and sat down in the chair, and all hell broke loose in my lower back! I am back to having muscle spasms and pain so severe it is causing me to cry. Luckily I have some leftover Vicodin 750's. This is SO frustrating! Do back issues every 'just' go away? I keep hoping and praying. I do NOT want to have surgery.