I've just been told that I have a very big herniation of L5 and S1. I guess it is enormous because the doctor was surprised that I was walking in. I am in a great deal of pain and have a lot of numbness in my leg. They gave me a shot of toradol and the pain went down to like 3/10 for about 3 hours which was pretty good. THe MD insisted I needed surgery. I would like to know if anyone here was successfully avoided surgery by using various Pain management techniques. I am an endurance athlete and to have to lay around like this is terrible.