I am having a laminectomy with a fusion of the lumbar vertebrae on December 28. I have so much sciatic pain, it is almost unbearable. I hope the surgery is successful. Over the past week though it has even gotten worse. I now have to walk on the side of my foot because there is excruciating pain in the ball of my foot and in the big toe. It almost feels like I am walking on marbles. I haven't been able to put much weight on this leg since September but this is pretty new. Since I can hardly walk I've been unable to do much and am very depressed. I keep telling myself this is temporary but sometimes it seems like it will go on like this forever. Has anyone else been through this?