I just found out last week that I have a synovial cyst of the L4/L5 with herniation and I have endured tremendous pain for over two months. My doctor recommended a orthopedic doctor and I have an appointment. I do not want steroid injections at all. I am a nurse and I know what they can do to you. Has anyone else had this happen? I was a racewalker for years and now I can't do anything. I am only 43 and wondering if I have to feel like this forever. I also have had rheumatoid arthritis all my life but I never felt the need to see anyone for treatment. When I would get pain, I would take some OTC NSAIDS.