I had a 17mm disc bulge that left me in a great deal of pain and unable to walk with out a walker. after my surgery was still having a lot of pain in my left butt and leg especially back side of my calf (sciatica). 6 weeks after surgery saw surgion who said he only see an injury like mine once a year. where he couldnt move nerve root left or right to get at disc to remove, he had to pull nerve straght up and may take longer for nerve to settle down. had a second MRI and looked good,no new herniation but the sciatica is still horrible and on vicodin and ibuprfin 3 times a day to control. have heard a lot of terms like battered nerve root , will this ever get better?