I ran across this site in my favorites folder and thought I should update. I've been pain/med free for at least 7 months (ruptured L4/5. You can see pics in my older posts. Opted for no surgery). I get the occassional sciatic 'ting' but more a remanent than anything. I absolutely never lift furniture anymore or try to be a superman. My weightlifting routine puts no heavy pressure down my spine.
I've returned to running. I've run over ten races including my first 10K. My first half marathon is this weekend.