I am now 9 months post op from an L5-s1 disectomy in March 2015. I was in bed for months, couldn't walk, muscle spasm, left sciatica CHRONIC pain, the whole 9 yards. I had 3 sets of 3 steroid epidurals and 8 facet injections... Nothing worked. After my surgery, I was feeling much worse for the first few weeks. I gradually felt a little better and was able to do more daily activities (nothing strenuous), however at about 3 months post op, I came to a stand still. I've been at this plateau of not getting any better since. My Dr. Said its just going to take time. I did PT for 2 months.... No improvement. I recently found out I have another disc that's herniated, L3-4. I've been having chronic muscle spasms in both legs now and a deep ache to the bone from the waist down. It is much worse while sitting and especially at night while in bed. I had 2 epidurals a few weeks ago which made things worse, I will not be getting any more! I'm still on Percocet, about 20mg a day total, which I know isn't that much, but addiction is a possibility that scares me. I think I'm going to try gabapentin. Has anyone had relief with this? I know it sounds stupid being in chronic pain and all, but weight gain is a side effect and I don't want that to happen! Has anyone had luck with anything else?? I foresee a possible fusion in the future, but I'm finishing my degree and applying to grad school soon, not to mention I'm still paying a ton of medical bills and can't afford another surgery at this time. If anyone has suggestions or things they've tried that's helped, PLEASE share! I need help... I am getting very depressed and can't stand this anymore. Thank you.