I had a lumbar laminectomy in August 08 due to a very large disc herniation in the L5-S1. The MRI clearly indicated that it was comprimising the nerve which was causing the pain down my left leg. I under went surgery after months of chronic pain. I initally felt good for about two weeks after surgery then started to notice the same pain coming back and getting worse as the weeks went on. I just recently had another MRI which this time included an injection of dye. I just found out that the dye in the MRI is showing that my nerve from the bottom of my spine to the middle of the spine is inflamed which is probably still causing the pain. The worst part about this is my surgeon has been in practice for 31 years and he said that he has never seen this before. I am so discourage and need help. He just started me on a round of steroids to see if that relieves the pain. i am also scheduled for an emg. Nothing I take for the pain helps. I have tried Vicodin, IB profin, Tylenol, Moist Heat, and Ice. Please help. I cannot continue to live this way. I have no quality of life. Do you know what the inflamation of the entire nerve could be from. I currently do not have any disc herniation since surgery. Thank you.