A little over a year ago I ruptured L4/L5. Large migrating protrusion. You can read my posts during that time. I opted to do nothing but take drugs. No pt. The first 6 months were hell. Lived on hydrocodone and 800mg ibuprofens. The second 6 months I liberally used motrins and never left home without them.
Today, I'm happy to say, I am 100% cured. It took a good year but I no longer have motrins in my pocket. Sciatica is completely gone. I can sit and sleep anyway I want. I'm completely free from thinking about it.
I'm in no way bragging because I remember the horrible pain. Nothing compared to it. Instead, I want to show there is an option to surgery. In my case, the body did heal itself. I'm planning on getting another MRI done so I can compare the images side by side. I couldn't find such a comparison on the web so it might be valuable for others to see.