Hi My name is Liz, I'm 44,married mom with two teenagers and three dogs, 2 horses and many ranch chores. I have had back issues for at least 20 years on and off. Started out with just sore upper back thru the 80-90s, then in 2000 the lower back started, not often but occassionally. About two years I herniated my L4-L5. I went to a Chiro and did aliitle PT. After about 7mo I took anti depressants and seemed to feel better quickly right after. My original family doctor had told me it could take a full year to recover fully and he was absolutely right. At one year I was off the meds and living life again. About 4 months ago the same pain I had back then hit me again, I knew what had happened. The pain was bothersome but tolerable so I did stretches and tried to not do to much. I think I really blew it out with a simple sneeze sitting crooked about 3 weeks ago. The sciatica pain was intense and has slowly increased to the point of going to the ER.I couldn't walk and usually I have a high tolerance to pain so I was worried. They actually had me stay for 4 nights in hospital as they did a MRI, cat scans and blood work. Prognosis is L4-L5 herniation with impedment on S1. Neuro came in and said to try the epidural injection and if one failed to seek surgery. This is my first day after my epi. and not feeling much better, but I'm so praying for it to work. I am alittle sad because both the Dr.s have said I probably shouldn't ride again and that is earth shattering to me. Wondering if anyone has ridden again after surgery or herniation and been okay?