My story - Male, healthy, non smoker married with 2 kids......2 days before my 40th b-day I had a micro discectomy / laminectomy for a massive disc herniation at l5-s1. I was in severe pain prior with mild numbness in my left foot and leg and very little back pain. After surgery, Which was 9 days after my herniation I have had had severe burning n my left foot and baby toe all the time. I'm now 12 weeks post surgery and still have severe numbness from my left baby toe back to my heel. I saw my surgeons PA at 6 weeks and she said that this was typical due to all the nerves being irritated from the herniation and surgery. I am able to walk only with my with flip flops, as I can not wear a sock or shoe because it makes the burning worse. I have been on both gabapentin and lyrica and neither have helped. I started PT after 6 weeks and that made my symptoms worse and they requested that I call my surgeon to update him. The dr requested me to go for another MRI to make sure that I do not have a reherniation. I had that last week, but have not heard back yet from my surgeon. I'm now starting to get nervous, since I hear that I should have had some improvement by now. I know it takes a long time for a nerve to heal, but I have had no improvement since my surgery and possible worse at times. The worst thing about these sites, everyone is dealing with similar issues and then you do not hear from them again. I was wondering if anyone has gotten better with time or do they just stop posting? I will check back when I get my MRI results. No one understands unless they have gone through this. My wife and kids have been great, but I know they are also very concerned dad is never going to be back to normal.