Hi guys, So pleased I found this forum, been looking to speak to people with the same condition as me. In November 2006 after too much driving I developed severe back pain and sciatica down my left leg. For about 3 weeks I couldnt walk, sleep or sit at work without terrible shooting pains and muscle spasms. I went to the doctor who told me the pain should get better in 3-4 weeks, he prescribed me pain killers and referred me to a physio. 3 months later, 6 physio sessions later and a load of pills and the pain was just as bad. To cut a long story short, I spent 2 months persuading my GP to send me for an MRI scan as the pain was constant and FINALLY in june 2007 I got an MRI scan. The scan showed a herniated disc in L5 S1 impinging on my nerve. (this is what I suspected given the amount of research I have done into my problem). Anyway, after the scan results came back, I was referred to a consultant on the NHS. Went to see him, guess what he wasnt there! Saw his 'assistant' instead, who didnt know how to use his computer - however we could clearly see on the scans the herniation. He gave me 2 options: 1. Physio 2. Injections He reconked that given my situation he didnt recommend surgery, especially at my age (25 years old). I waited 10 weeks to see an NHS physio who was a waste of time. So about 2 months ago a got in contact with a recommended physio near where I live and have been seeing her. To be honest, shes great, given me some stretches that seem to help. However, what I want to know if do people get better after this length of time of having this problem. I am feeling so demoralized as its over a year now and there has been very little, if no improvement (however it hasnt got any worse which i suppose is a good sign). Can anyone recommend what I should be doing? Surgery is out of the question!