For 15 months now I have suffered the effects of a herniated disc, L4/5. I have had 2 caudal epidurals, one in January and one in February. My symptoms have improved dramatically over the last few months. I have never had any back ache, my pain has all been in my right hip and leg along with tingling. I now get severe aching in one or both legs along with tingling in both legs and feet. The tingling is pretty much constant when I am sitting down and the aching occurs most days, usually in the evening. I have been doing core muscle exercises daily for the last couple of months. I have seen my consultant this evening and he has suggested now doing another epidural along with an injection into the facet joints, then an intensive core muscle exercise programme to follow 2 to 3 times daily. I'm not sure what to do. I feel as though my consultant is clutching at straws now, he admits my case is a difficult one due to my symptoms fluctuating so wildly and not being severe enough for surgery. Sometimes I feel as if this is it now, I will not get any better than I am and will just have to put up with it. I'm not convinced the injections will help me but at the same time do not know what else to try. I know it's not possible but would just like someone to be able to tell me what I need to do to get back to how I was before all this started.