Hi! I had a microdiscectomy in 1998 for a herniated disc. The surgery went fine, but 3 weeks after surg, pulled muscle or ligament in low back during physical therapy. Have had chronic pain since. Have had all the tests and scans; MRI, CT scan, myleogram, nerve blocks, EMG, spinal cord stimulator trial, pain pump. Nothing worked. I've never even had a definite diagnosis. We know there is nerve involvement. My symptoms are pain right side lower back, radiating to buttocks and down leg. Burning pain. The MRI shows some scar tissue at L4 L5, but not pressing on a nerve. The EMG said suspected irritated spinal nerve root. Does anyone else have this problem? I've wondered about surgery to remove the scar tissue, but doctors have said not to ever have surgery again. They said that the scar tissue would come back. But, they don't have to live my life, which is basically lying on the couch all day, with an ice pack and Klonopin, which is the only drug that has really ever helped with my chronic pain. I've read about newer, stronger MRI's. I've always felt if they could just see whatever might be pressing on my nerve, then possibly they could fix it. Does anyone else have this problem?