Hey everyone. To start with I'm 32yrs old, played many different physical sports growing up and now have a 7&4yr old. I have experienced terrible lower back and left leg pain for many years now and always chalked it up as my core being so weak from two c sections as I was trying to build it back up. I just dealt with it. In the beginning of 2020, my pain just got so bad I had to do something. Finally got checked and found out I had a huge herniation at L5-S1, along with a big tear. My first microdiscetomy was Feb 13th. Two weeks post op and my pain was still way worse than it ever was before surgery. 3 weeks post op my DR had an MRI done and it showed a reherniation. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and I was stuck waiting for a second surgery. April 16th I had my second microdiscetomy. After that surgery, things progressively were worse once again. I have been in a huge amount of pain that has been worse then even before surgery number one. The leg/ butt pain is awful and the numbness and weakness has got so bad to where my leg gives out multiple times a day. My left foot and toes have remained tingly and numb after surgery two(new symptom). My surgeon, who is amazing, has told me that my sciatic nerve is permanently damage. My next step is trying a DCS(stimulator). I will be going for my consultation appointment tomorrow and if all goes well with the trial stimulator period, I will have another surgery to have one permanently placed into my back. Does anyone have any experience with having a DCS? I've researched a ton and have seen a lot of good results, but wanted to check to get some more feedback on those who have had this done. If that does not work, then pain management is the only thing to do.