Two lumbar microdiscectomies- one in April 2014 and revision microdiscectomy in June 2014. Now have facet joint overgrowth, epidural fibrosis, desiccated discs with narrowed disc space, two level "minimal" disc bulges, and facet joint narrowing. Also have rheumatoid arthritis and hypothyroidism. Constant intense pain no matter what I attempt- normal life activities of mom with three children and full - time employment. Lots of pain medications, no pain relief though. Waiting for an epidural steroid injection to help ease the pain. Not very optimistic, but trying to keep the faith going.