I'm new here but have been reading for awhile now. I have been battling sciatica(disc. degen., spinal stenosis and hern. L4-L5, L5-S1 and also L1-L2) for the past few years. Tried everything and finally had surgery June/09. I had a laminectomy/discectomy L4-L5(which was the worst). Its been almost 6 months and after a tough recovery I started to get my life back. Until this week when the familiar pain and tenderness came back in my right butt(like before)I do not have any tingling/numbness down right leg like before, but I'm terrified I will. Is this common? Anybody experience this? I don't want to go through this again. I have been on ice on and off all day but I really can't think of anything I did to irritate the nerves again. I pray it goes away.