I'm due to have surgery (microdiscectomy) next week. This is my second occurance with a herniated disc and a pinch root nerve. First was March of this year. I was out of work for 2 weeks and working with limitations for two weeks. Everything went away. This time, Sunday before Thanksgiving, it happened again. Only worse. I could not stand or walk for 2 weeks without enormous pain. Could not sleep. I've been out of work since then. Finally after 5 weeks now, the pain is going away, although not completely. My left leg is very week. My question is....... If the pain is going away, does that mean that the herniated disc has retracted and no longer pinching the nerve? And if so, what would/could surgery do? I never want to experience this again. My job is very physical. Lifting, pushing and pulling heavy weights. A third occurance is highly likely. Opinions and insight welcomed. Thank you.