so im slowly running out of options, due to the career i have chosen i dont have the option to be patient or try and "manage the pain" tried epidural, physio, most conservative care options. im really considering surgery, not sure i have much other choice. pretty much the only pain i have is right next to the disc thats herniated on the left hand side it feels like a pressure point, that muscle will go into spasm and at that point it feels like ive been stabbed when its playing up. my thoracic spine also doubles up as an iron rod when i get up. had this for 8 months, anyone know anything else i can try before surgery, or if their is a chance it will sort itself out given time?