I am new to spine-health and have a question. I had surgery Jan 2012 L5,s1, nerve pain has never gone away and seems to actually be getting worse. Around month 7 had a mri that confirmed that I have scar tissue that is constantly in contact with the s1 nerve and has caused the nerve to be almost twice the size of a normal nerve. I have had pain that comes and goes which feels like a knife being inserted into my calf which happens at random times, generally in the middle of the night. Yesterday I woke up and this pain is quite constant, like the knife is stabbing my calf once every few minutes... I am not seeing my surgeon anymore as he has referred me to a pain specialist and the only thing I get from them is pain meds which we all know only sweep the real issue under the carpet... I guess I am curious if anyone has had a similar experience and if so, what you did to calm the nerve down. Thanks in advance for your advice.