I am out 1 month after surgery and I am experiencing lower buttock and spine pain, very sharp pain if walking or standing.   I had 4 years of severe sciatic pain with very little relief.   I do not have any leg pain now which is wonderful, but this lower pain has prevented me for doing and activities some days it seems to be less and they comes back with a vengence.   I must say that I am wearing a spinal brace and I have not been good as I could be about the twisting, bending or lifting.   My doctor has given me flexeril and a lidocane pain patch and both thing help some.   I guess I expected more relief by now, am I expecting too much?  I am 61 and was in pretty good shape going into this surgery.   I feel that I am not part of the human race lately by my limitations.