I have had low back pain for as long as I can remember ( BUT IT WAS MANAGEABLE!). In April 2009 an mri showed that I did have a buldging disc, facet degeneration, And an annuluar tear. 6 days after a ESI I could not walk on my on and have stayed in horrible pain since. In February of this year I started having a horrible pain/cramp in the side is my butt. I thought that it was just my fybromyalgia but I started having pains in my shin too that would radiate to my ankle, along the top if my foot, And to my first 2 toes. Across the top of my foot would be a burning/hot poker feeling. I became pretty much bed ridden And in constant pain. I finally saw a new surgeon in May and everything was rushed bc it was pretty serious ( someone finally took me seriously!). I ended up having a L5 disctomy June 3rd and felt amazing after surgery! And for about 2 weeks a after. The old pain and some new pain has come. I am NOW experciencing pain down my right (same side) butt cheek and into my hamstring. At times this can kinda catch and I feel like my butt and hamstring are going into a spasm. I literally fall!- if someone isn't there to catch me. I feel like all of my toes are numb and if I flex And unflex them the will start twitching in their own so I just leave them alone. My new MRIreally doesn't look any better than the pre-op but the surgeon says (over the phone) it's just immflamation. I see him tomorrow for him to tell me this to my face And I have a nerve root block scheduled. I'm just confused. Why do I need a procedure if I've had surgery? Why all of this pain still?