I have had a herniated disc for a year and nine months and I am really tired of it. The pain radiates all the way down my right leg to my toes. I have had two steroid injections. Neither of which lasted more than a week. I have had months of pt and my doctors have reached the end of non surgical treatment. I think surgery would help a lot, but my parents are worried that it would mess up my back forever. I understand their concern, but I am miserable. The pain even wakes me up in the middle of the night. I think I am even becoming slightly depressed. I am 17 years old and I don't know how I am going to manage this when my parents aren't around when I start college this year. Any suggestions?