I've never joined an online group before, but while searching for answers to some questions, I wandered to this site and liked what I read. I'm 44 years old, married, 4 boys, and have a busy, active lifestyle. I herniated my L5 disc last August, and have been in varying degrees of pain ever since. No meds have worked, only regular chiropractic adjustments and moving from running, hiking and yoga to bike riding and core workouts on a balance ball. Considering surgery, but don't want to trade the pain of the herniated disc for the pain of scar tissue. Which brings me to the original question, which is "Is pain from scar tissue considerable, and are there ways to alleviate it?"