Hi. I've had ongoing lower back pain since the birth of my first child 6 years ago. About 6 months ago it got a lot worse and had 4 weeks housebound. Since then I've had constant sciatica in my leg and an MRI scan showed a large herniated disc. I have been going to physio and doing daily very gentle exercises, but if anything they make me worse as my muscles in my lower back and glute are so tight. 3 weeks ago I had the steroid injection which seemed to work for 1 week, but after a yoga and bike ride I was back to square one, with slightly worse pain than before and back on the Zapain. I am now awaiting my review with the specialist but am feeling very depressed about the future of my back. Does anyone know what the next step will be from the doctor? Does anyone have suggestions for different medicine for me? Naproxin gave me a bad tummy and Zapain does work, but it also makes me quite "rushy" which is t great. Many thanks.