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It is quite possible that your disc problem is causing pressure/irritation to your sciatic nerve resulting in lower back and buttock pain. Try talking to your doctor about gabapentin or a medication in the same family. It's brand name is Neurontin and it's actually a med originally developed for seizures. It is being used a LOT these days for neuropathic pain (and it is fabulous for sciatic nerve pain!).
For my back pain, I found that an extra firm mattress is great help. A soft mattress topper helps keep the firmness of the mattress from making my hips sore.
Good luck!