Just wanted to introduce myself... I feel a little lost right now... I had severe back pain going down the left leg and finally went to dr, and after MRI he called me to tell me that I had a large herniated disc L5S1 and sent me to PM dr... had 3 injections and the last one finally has given some relief but still have not had a pain free day in almost 2 months. PM Dr. said at last appt. if this doesn't help that the only step is to send me to surgeon. I feel like no one has really explained what all is going on so am going to ask PM Dr. next visit this coming Tuesday... wondering if I should at least visit a surgeon to get their opinion... I am not in excruciating pain now but by the end of the day I am at a 5 - 8 depending. I take Ibprofen about 3 times a day taking 3 - 4 at a time and Norco occasionally to help. I am just trying to figure out if I should tough it out... I have had back pain with DDD for about 10 years. have really enjoyed reading all the posts on here, such great information.