I ask this question becuase I realized I have been kind of getting ready for my microdisectomy assuming it is really the only solution and I have never thought about if there are other viable, and I emphasize "viable", solutions.
I should point out that when I had my first herniation a couple of years ago my Ortho did not jump to surgery, as a matter of fact, he said he did not recommend it very often. I did PT, got the steroid injection and it did get better, and last year, for about five months, I had a period where I forgot I had any problems until about three months ago.
This time the sciatica has gone way up and I am to the point now where I literally can't sit for more than probably thirty minutes without severe pain and I have been on pain killers non-stop. When my MRI came back this time I could not even see any "white space" whatsover. My Ortho pretty much flat out recommended surgery but he said we could do the steroid injection again but I just said "let's go for the surgery".None the less, I thought I would ask if others have ever recovered from a severe herniation in "reasonable time" without surgery. My feeling is that I am making the right choice but I thought I would ask.