Hi, I struggled with a large herniation for over a year and a half. I was 24 when I herniated it and active. The first time I had an injection followed by 2 Weeks of PT it seemed to work. Unfortunately I reinjured it and it was worse the second time around. I had 3 more injections but unfortunately it did not help. The injections only would help for about a week or so if they even helped at all. Eventually the only option was surgery. I spent a lot of time reading the forums and got really freaked out by all of the posts where people had issues or had a failed surgery. I thought I was going to be in pain the rest of my life! And it was a very terrifying and depressing thought considering my age. I had sciatic pain from my hip to my toes with numbness and pins and needless feeling from my calf to my toes. The more time went by the worse it would get. To the point where I could only walk at the most 15 feet at a time and in the morning I couldn't walk at all. I had the surgery March 28th and am now 11 days post op. I feel fantastic!I wanted to share my experience since it was a positive one and we all need encouragement sometimes. As soon as I woke up I tire to move my left leg and toes and there was no sciatic pain at all! My big toe was extremely numb and my left foot was slightly numb but I could not have en happier. Of course my back muscles and the incision hurt pretty bad for the first few days but it was nothing compared to the sciatic pain. The only time I had to even take any pain meds was at night to help go to sleep, and that was only for the first 3 nights. I immediately started walking around. The more I walked the better I felt...well to a point. I didn't push myself hard but I worked through the pain right from day 1. And today my husband and I walked around the park for an hour and a half!. I know I will have setbacks but so far I am so happy with my results! I can't believe the immediate improvement and I wish I had the surgery sooner. I will continue to post my recovery periodically. I just wanted to share my story since I feel like the surgery was a success and personally I was terrified and extremely doubtful that it would help. I only came across a few success stories and they were my lifeline prior to the surgery. I hope this gives hope to anyone having doubts or setbacks.