Hello everyone, I'm glad I found this site. I suffered a herniated disc in April of this year. It was the most excruciating pain I've ever dealt with my life. I was in constant pain, sciatica down my left leg, at one point my left foot swelled up really bad for a week or so. I eventually doubled over from the pain. I had an MRI finally, and was told I have a severe disc herniation, with the s1 at 14 mm's. I want to avoid surgery at all costs as a orthopedic surgeon recommended a lumbar laminectomy. I don't want to end up worse after surgery or have a failed surgery. Surgery just scares me. I went to a chiropractor who didnt help, but recommended I get epidural injections. I did recieve three about a month ago, abd they did help with the pain a little bit but its been a month, and the pain is slowly coming back. I called a physical therapist today and am thinking about going to do that. I need to get back to my active life i miss so much. I feel like I will never get better.... At kne point in agony i had a 357 to my head because I couldn't deal with the pain..... This was before the injections and i was out of Norco 10/325. I dont like taking the norcos either, I don't want a damaged liver. But they help, I've been out a week and basically taking 2 advils every 4 hours... Also using biofreeze religiously. I am gaining weight because its hard for me to do any activities. I walked 15 minutes on a treadmill yesterday, and im in pain today pretty badly. I would do anything to get my life back. Except surgery, I've got to have faith that I will get better without some doctor cutting me open like a Thanksgiving Turkey.