I herniated my L5 S1 disc 5 months ago and am still in pain when ever I do anything physical, even staying bent over for any amount of time and then straightening out causes pain. On top of that I have had severe side pain in my right side for 4 months and have tried to stretch it out but only makes it worse. It feels like the muscles are trying to tare away from my rib cage and pelvis and I never had anything like this till I hurt my back, it is extremely painful!. No one is addressing the side pain at all, they say to keep heat on it and stretch it but I have been doing this for months and it is not working. My physiotherapist does think it is related to my back injury in that all my side muscles are trying to compensate for the injury. The pain will not let up and my doctor hasnt even offered me any pain meds for this!. I am very frustrated and lost cause nothing is working and I get no relief from the pain. Does anyone have the same situation? I would greatly appreciate any help!!