I would love to hear from those who have a similar injury. I have a herniated disc at L4/L5 - fairly common if I'm understanding correctly. The injury occurred 7 years ago and I have treated it conservatively until now (chiro, massage, physical therapy, exercise) with relative success. I've had several flare-ups over the years and each time I've used these measures to get things back under control. That said, I've never been pain free, but it's been manageable (at a 2 or a 3) for the most part. Lately, though I'm struggling with managing it. I don't know what changed. My age? My activity? I'm not sure. I'm just more limited. I tire more easily. My back is aggravated within 15 minutes of being up in the morning and the pain builds throughout the day - though I can usually bring it down a couple of notches with stretching or chiro temporarily. I guess I'm getting weary of the temporary fixes and I'm concerned that the older I get, the harder it's going to be to get any relief. Has anyone experienced that? What brought you to the place of deciding that surgery was the way to go? Did it work? Was it worth it? I'm not interested in setting myself up for surgery after surgery. It seems like many of you have had multiple surgeries. That's a scary thought. Can I get away with just the one? I would really appreciate any thoughts on all my overwhelming questions. Thanks so much.