I am a 26 y/o female who has been struggling with lower back pain since I fell down the stairs when I was in college in 2008. I have down just about everything I know of- 2 MRI's which diagnosed a herniated disc at l4/l5. I have tried steroid pills, steroid injections, chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, yoga, heat, ice, anything you can think of except surgery. My pain is different from others with my injury though... I get flare ups that last for about a week or so and then go away. And I'm fine for a while- maybe 3 or 4 weeks until the next episode. When I am having a flare up I have intense aching in my lower back, pain in my left leg, and nerve "shocks" when moving the wrong way. These nerve "shocks" are enough to take the air out of me and I just collapse. I usually take muscle relaxers and OTC pain killers. I have never been prescribed narcotics. My husband and I recently visited an orthopedic surgeon who looked at a new MRI and said he would recommend surgery. Surgery scares the pants right off of me. My husband thinks it will be an end all and I will be perfectly normal once healed. I am more skeptical and afraid that surgery will not work or only make it worse. Reading others experiences scare me too... I am so afraid of the pain. But we want to start a family and I think pregnancy might just be enough to kill me. Anyone else have the same come and go pain that I have?