I was rear ended in a car accident on 1/25/13 and herniated my L4-L5. I have had insane low back pain and radiating pain down my right leg all the way to my foot for 10 months at this point. I have had 10 months of trying physical therapy, chiropractic care two times a week (traction, electric stim, infrared laser, adjustments, etc), exercise, weight loss, massage therapy, yoga, stretching, and finally two epidurals that did not work at all. I'm desperate and tired of being in pain every day of my life. I'm only 21 years old. I feel like I'm missing out on my life. My neurosurgeon just recommended to me an L4-L5 foraminotomy and possible microdiscectomy. Has anyone here had this experience like me? Has anyone had this procedure and had success? I'm so afraid. I have no idea what to expect in the recovery of this surgery or if it will be successful for me. I can't sleep anymore just from the pain. I know this surgery needs to happen because I have no other options and I can't live like this anymore. Please somebody tell me there is hope.