Re: Microdiscectomy, 6 months post op...still in pain.
Can't address microdiscectomy even though I've had 8 spine surgeries - all very successful. However, what I can tell you is that with my discectomies, I had instant relief upon waking from surgery and out of the hospital the next day, back to doing most things after a short time of 2-4 weeks, but then my discectomies were standard openings and not micro. Yes, I had a 3-4 inch incision, which did well, pain was minimal and nothing compared to the disc pain, but I'm an older individual and the fact that I had a 3-4 inch scar versus a 1 inch scar meant little compared to the pain I had with the massive herniations.
Hope you are seeing a spine specialist, although I know that general ortho and general neuro's can and do handle many discectomies. However, as you are not having an immediate great outcome, please consider getting an opinion from a spine specialist who is dedicated to working on just spines and has completed a spine fellowship.
Best wishes and let us know how you are doing.