I'm a 25 year old male who for the most part considers myself a fairly active person. Around the beginning of November I started experiences nerve pain that would shoot down my butt all the way down my left leg. I managed to deal with it for about 2 weeks until I had enough. Pain at this point was buckling me and making it very difficult to go about my daily routine. My fellow co worker suggested a chiropractor in the area so me being desperate gave it a shot. He determined my l5 and s1 was out of place pushing against my nerv which was causing all the pain. He "put me back together" and for 2 months I felt great. No pain what so ever. Then one day at work after heavy lifting the pain came right back so I rushed to have another appointment made to get fixed. This time it didn't help at all causing me to schedule 3 additional appointments praying he could do what he did the first time. After my third visit he told me my ligament holding my l5 s1 was strained which wasn't allowing my l5 and s1 to stay in place. At that point I gave up and went to urgent care where they injected me with prednisone and ketorolac and gave me a 12 day cycle of prednisone and 5 day cycle of ketorolac to taper off the medicine. When I got the shot yesterday I instantly went from a 10 to a 5 and had all sorts of energy. I didn't sleep last night I was so hyper. This morning I'm feeling very sore. Nothing like I've felt in the past but still very tendor. Should I be excersing or stretching? The prednisone is really beating me up but at this point it's better than severe back pain like I had for weeks. I am going to get an xray tomorrow at another doctor for safe measures but I guess any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm scared to death of surgery being I'm 25 and this has taken a tole on my livelihood. I've been out of work for weeks and need to get back. Has prednisone cured sciatica for any of you for good? Is surgery my next option? I've been told that chiropractor may have kept making it worst. I don't really know but I'd like to get better because this is ruining my life. Any help would be greatly appreciated!