So I have a herniated disk in my lower back at the L5 S1 vertebrae. It is pinching my S1 nerve root. I am currently participating in some physical therapy and other treatments. However, I am not fixed. Next step would be an epidural injection of corticosteroids at the offending site. Last step would be a surgery to trim the disk and free up the nerve that is pinched. I am posting to inquire about the experiences others have had in this area. You hear a alot of horror stories regarding back surgeries and of course I would love to avoid surgery myself. I would like to be pain free and back to good working order even more than I would like to avoid surgery though. So....?