Pain management after a lumbar discectomy--i tend to like opiates so is there something else?

Topomax. Neurontin (gabapentin) or topomax can be used in pain management to reduce the pain perception threshold.
Cymbalta (duloxetine) Cymbalta (duloxetine) may also help for mood and pain symptoms.
Yes. Pain after a microdisectomy should not be severe and often the leg symptoms are gone immediately. I would recommend nsaids on a regular basis. If you have a tendency to abuse pain medications then they all can trigger that behavior. I might lean more towards tramadol or Nucynta (tapentadol) rather than traditional opioids.