I just joined this forum and am thankful to have found it. I herniated the disc at L4/L5 7 years ago and have been treating it conservatively ever since. I've had "good" seasons and not so good seasons but lately I can't seem to get on top of my pain (for about 9 months). On a scale of 1-10, my pain level is about a 6 throughout the day. I am considering surgery at this point as I am having a more difficult time pushing past the pain to function as a wife and mom (to 3 kiddos). I'm hoping to learn lots from all of you who have walked this road before me.