I have bulging discs L 4&5 and pain down my right leg for 3 years now. When I first went to the emergency room they told me 99 percent of people this happens to it will go away after a few weeks rest. I have tried everything but it won't go away and my doc won't give me a straight answer. I get answers like " be patient with the sciatica" or 5 or 10 years the discs may become herniated and then we can do surgery" and " just continue with medication." I am frustrated. Should I assume I will be in pain for the rest of my life? I am 35