I have a herniated L4-L5. No cure, doesn't ever get better. My back hurts every day. Dawn to dawn, including when I sleep. Advil helps, lortab is better, don't let it limit me other than being scared to jump much more than a little.
How long ago did you herniate these? I herniated the same exact discs several years ago (I want to say it was 6 years) and though I still get pain, I would say they have definitely gotten better over time. For a couple of years I had everyday pain and it eventually started being less persistent to the point that the pain only reoccurs now when I do something to deserve it