Hi, newbie here. I'm a 50 yr. old female & have been diagnosed with L5 herniated disc from MRI. I have lower back pain, annoying, but not debilitating. The horrible pain is in my right hip, leg, & sometimes foot-assume it's sciatica. I have an EMG scheduled & then going for pain management. In the meantime, I need some adivice to lessen the pain. I have trouble standing & walking- shooting pains & throbbing- have to sit down after about 10 minutes. I have been stretching, icing, using tens unit, & taking Lorcet. The Lorcet stops the pain for about 3 hrs, but I'm so sleepy & can't get much done. About how many times a day & for how long should I- stretch, ice, & use tens unit? Any other suggestions? Thanks so much.