I have had pain in my lower back, on and off, for the past 20 some years. Each time I have a flair up, it eventually goes away leaving me with pain in my hip that lasts a long time. I had a rupture at L4/L5 a few years ago and a microdiscectomy a short time later. I still have foot drop, foot, leg and hip pain. Prednisone (when they let me take it) and ice have been the treatment that has worked best for me. Celebrex has also helped with stiffness and soreness. I recently had an epiduryl injection that helped the hip pain a lot. I had an injection once before, but it was in my tailbone and it didn't seem to help at all. Don't know why they put it there, since the problem was at L4/L5. The recent injection was done by another guy, and he put it directly into my hip. My foot drop, leg and foot pain are still there, but the hip pain is almost gone. Don't know how long it is going to last, but I am loving it now. Hope you find something to help you too.