I was told that I need to see a surgeon since all the treatments have not helped me . Anyone have any suggestion. I've always been afraid to ever have back surgery too many people say it doesn't help . I have had a total of 5 injections for the L5/S1 only one helped me for about 3 weeks then the pain was pain . I worked and do a lot of heavy lifting on a daily basis so I was wondering how long is the recovery .