Holy cow! This weekend will be one year since my third herniation of the same disk (L5-S1).
I've opted to let my body heal on its own rather than get spinal fusion surgery.
On Sunday I went to Dorney Park and actually rode the rides! A few were a bit painful but nothing too bad. OK, so was this the wisest idea? Maybe not, but I've been feeling so good recently I wanted to try it. I started out slow on the "easy" rides and went from there.
Just the fact that I could walk through the park is amazing considering where I was a year ago.
Best of luck to everyone out there, and don't discount your body's ability to heal.