Hi, Im 33 and have just been advised I have a disc hernia on my L5 (I think) I have suffered with the oddbit of back pain since I had my daughter 12 years ago, but it has always been corrected by Physio. In January this year my daughter jumped off her bed onto my back and Physio only relieved the pain for 2/3 days. In may I was signed off work due to me having to sit at a desk in my job and it was becoming too painful. Oh, I was also diagnosed with sciatica at the age of 15yrs old in my left leg. I recently had an MRI scan which diagnosed a herniated disc and my doctor has now referred m to a spinal specialist for him to look at the possibility of doing a micro disectomy. After looking this up on google, all I seem to read is the negatives of it and the recovery time. Has anyone had this done and what are the downsides and recovery? Im a single mum and so am really scared, but know I cannot live in this pain anymore,my way of life is deteriorating before me, i have days where it even hurts to lie or walk. Can someone give me some good news.