Hi everyone - I just found this website today, and I am enjoying reading the posts. It sounds like a very supportive group! I have had lower back issues for probably 15 years or so. I'm 38, and as of June of '08, I have had sciatic pain down the right side. I have herniations at L4-L5 & L5-S1. My pain was at an 8 before my first ESI, and is now around a 2 after 3 of them. I am still limited in what I can do, don't sleep well, but I am doing what I love - and that is tennis. The doctor who gave me the injections said not to play anymore, but another doctor (who I obviousy chose to listen to) said that I'm too young to give up playing, and that I should do what I want, and when the pain gets too bad, go have surgery. I definately hurt more now that I'm playing again (I haven't played since July, and started about 1 month after the 3rd injection) Before I started again, I didn't have much radiating pain at all. Now it's there pretty much all the time, but still around a 2-3 pain level. So, what do I do? Am I going to regret playing, or regret not playing? Living with the nerve pain - can that become permanent? Will it go away with more injections, or surgery? I'm in good shape, healthy weight... been stretching & stregnthening. Went through all kinds of PT - none of them worked, tended to make it worse. I've met with a neurosurgeon, and he said not to do anything while my pain level was only 2, but suggeted I wait 2 more months to play tennis. I figured that if I waited 2 months, I would just be in pain when I started up again - it's not like I'm going to just heal up in that time. Ok - sorry to ramble, just trying to figure out how to manage this. Thanks!