(Apologies if this is the wrong forum section)
Almost 4 weeks ago, I experienced shooting pain down my leg. I got an MRI and an orthopedic told me I have a large l4/l5 disc herniation, i am candidate for surgery, and take a medrol pak before a follow up.
Shortly after, I got a 2nd opinion from another orthopedic and he recommended conservative treatment (PT), a 2nd medrol pak, and told me i'm a candidate for surgery.
Followed up with first orthodpedic and he told me my herniation is large, I will, at some point, get this surgery and to schedule it ASAP. 5 days since this follow up (less than 1 month since onset):
-PT seems to be helping
-Foot drop has recovered significantly (not 100%, but getting there).
-NO pain down my leg at all.
-Mild aches (not painful, just annoying) in either my hip, lower back, or upper back at certain parts of the day.
Is it possible that a large herniation could 'heal' without the need for surgery? I'm going to get a third opinion tomorrow, however it seems to me that there is no dire need for surgery at this point. Any thoughts?