I feel your pain, brother. I’ve been dealing w/ a bulged disc @ L5/S1 for 3.5 wks now. Some pretty intense nights and mornings and the afternoons are not all that great either, also sciatica. My neuro-guy sites improvement and gave me till the 6 wk mark to make a decision about surgery. Luckily he is not a trigger happy sort of surgeon but did suggest an epidermal of cortisone. I will be getting that performed tomorrow (Wed) at 0800. Hopefully the inflammation will subside and the pain will ease and I can do some sort of PT to rehab it.