Had the surgery 9 weeks ago. Started having sciatic pain again 4 days after surgery but wasn't bad because I was taking pain meds. 10 day post op the doctor said it was probably nerve pain, gave me 600mg ibuprofen and said to take it easy. 3 week later went back to get prednisone. Those meds worked but pain came back quickly especially after sitting. Now 8 weeks post op, went back to doctor, said to still take it easy and put me out another 8 weeks from work. Told me to take gabapentin again. Seemed to work first day. But had a cold and coughing fit seemed to cause sciatic pain again. Keep getting told it's sciatic nerve pain because their might be scar tissue pressing on the nerve or its just the nerve still aggravated. Gabapentin is not working so well And I need to take 600mg ibuprofen at least once a day. I guess I'm just not convinced that something else is going on here. If it was just leftover pain, why would it hurt more when I sit for any length of time or when I move out of bed. Only seems to be ok when I lay down all the time. Feeling discouraged. Is that normal for sitting too long (barely 30 minutes) to cause more pain if it's just sciatic pain? Or is it more likely that something got re-herniated soon after surgery. Doctor said that I can't get MRI yet so I have to wait.