I have been dealing with my central herniated disc at L4/L5 now for 6 months and I just cant seem to get any relief. Tried Chiropractic which made it worse and gave me neck problems, Tried the epidurals which solved the problem for like 2-3 days then everything came back, been taking NSaids which did help a bit at first but now the effect seems to be wearing off, and now im trying to diet take vitamins and lots of walking. I am 40 lbs overweight so my doctor told me thats like putting 120 lbs of extra pressure on that disc. Im just getting fed up with everything. Everyday my symptoms are changing but my most constant symptoms are lower back pain and swelling and the worse is the stiffness/pain behind my knees and my calves. The leg stiffness bothers me the most cuz I cant do anything and sometimes it gets sooooo tiring just to walk. Im only 24 years old and I feel like I am 64, just want to get on with my life WITHOUT having to go thru surgery. Anyone else have any additional tips for relief. Tried ice treatment and even that biofreeze stuff which seems to help a little bit but only temporarily. If I lose the weight will that help alot with the healing process? Thanks for any input, you guys have been great with my other points im just getting to the point where im getting sick of this.