I'm 59 (ugh) but in generally decent shape and fairly active. Was diagnosed with a herniated L3/L4 disk a couple of weeks ago after having moderate butt/upper leg pain for about 6 weeks. There were also a couple of other things noticed in general in other back areas (arthritis, some stenosis) but those aren't what's causing the problem. From what I can tell in talking to others, my pain wasn't too terrible (worst twinges were around 5 or 6 on the 10 point scale and not bothersome if I sit or lie down). I started PT about 2 weeks ago and am hoping that plus constant exercise will get things back to normal, more or less. Haven't needed any kind of pain medication so far; not even bothering to take over the counter stuff.
Main question is about how long does it take (on average) to start noticing a significant difference? I had already been doing slightly better (from the maximum pain period) by the time I went to the doctor. Since PT maybe another small difference in pain level, not so much in the types of situations where it hurts. I definitely know 2 weeks isn't very long; orthopod said a month should make a big difference but not sure I believed that in the first place. If I knew that in, say, 6 months I'd be OK I'd be perfectly happy with that. Thanks,