I had a microdiscectomy on Feb 22nd for two herniated discs; I have degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my spine. Two steroid infections failed to be effective. Now I still have pain that has required a minimum of two Lortab 10s per day. When it rains i am back to taking them every four hours. I still have sciatic pain. And, the hot, sharp pain I had before that "catches" when I change positions, lift my leg, roll over, etc. continues. I feel as if I am put together off center if that makes sense. I keep hearing from the phone nurse at my neurosurgeon that I am healing, nerves are touchy to work with, etc. but I will say this--this is old pain that is different from sciatic pain, post-surgery pain, and the pain from the discs themselves. Should I be off the pain meds? Should I ask for a second MRI? Could I have RE-injured it? Am I a wuss? Should I ask fora second opinion? I feel as if I don't know what to ask and that if I don't ask the right stuffing I won't get the right answers. Sitting,standing,walking, and lying down for any length of time is painful. I am 37 and in good health. I shouldn't hurt like this and cannot function without the pain meds I'm terrified of needing. But the pain is real; I'm afraid b/c I have no relief even after healing this long. I'm also afraid the doc will say no more meds; what happens then? Pain management doctor? I don't know what to do but lying home all day isn't an option. I have to support my family.