I am new to this forum and would like to hear similar experiences and cures (if any). I have a herniated disc L4-L5, facet arthropathy S1-L5 and radiculopathy in the L5. I've been in pain every day for 14 months. I've tried physical therapy, skelaxin, nsaids, Lyrica, trigger point and steroid injections, chiropractor and accupuncture. Chiroprator and accupuncture visits have helped the most but I am having trouble paying for the bi-weekly visits. I saw an orthopedic surgeon in July but he said my disc and arthropathy were mild and surgery was not needed. Applying heat makes it worse, and when I get injections in the lower back, the nerve pain in my legs from the L5 gets MUCH worse. Does the herniated disc push on the arthropathy and that makes things worse? During physical therapy, relieving the herniated disc would make the arthropathy worse. I guess I'm wondering if surgery would help or if I just have to "deal" with this for the rest of my life. Thanks for any input.