3.5 months of extreme pain with L5/S1, I am happy to report that my life is coming back with the help of McKenzie;s and swimming. When I saw the doc about 4 weeks ago, I was a prime surgery candidate and a reputable Surgeon told me I was wasting time with conservative treatments as I was losing strength in my toes. I just got back from his office about 1.5 hours ago and he checked the strength again.....the pain is in the right leg and the toes of the painful leg came out stronger than the left. I am so relieved and happy, there is still some pain but it's not taking over my life and everytime it hurts about 1 min of McKenzie's are enough to keep me going. Just thought of sharing this with my supportive friends at Spine health.