Warren: If it is sciatica what you have, surgery is NOT necessarily the ultimate recourse. I suffered from sciatica por many, many years, and I tried all kinds of pain killers, therapy, etc. It finally subsided on its own. I will never be able to tell what made it go away, with the exception that I moved from the tropics to USA. Maybe climate has something to do with it. I never had acupuncture, so I can't opine on that subject. Good luck!