I just had surgery (lumbar discetomy) Dec. 16th to repair my disc which was resting on my nerve. I was suffering with sciatica nerve pain down my left calf area since August. I was in excruticiatng pain and had to stop working until I had surgery. I'm hoping that I didn't wait too long to have the surgery because I still have pain there 5 days later. I'm getting nervous that the nerves may have been damaged and will require a longer time frame to heal. I'm scheduled to go back to work Feb. 1. The doctor said to expect phantom pain there but it should go away but I'm not sure. My toes are still numb as well!!! I go for my walk with little pain and then return home only to have my leg pain return mightily!!! is anyone going to a similar situation?