Hi, I'm Donna, a 32 yr old cook of almost four years. I broke my tailbone at 7, and have had sciatic pain for as long as I can remember. Went to a chiropractor at 15, who told me I had scar tissue build up on my spine, one leg longer than the other(had to wear a shoe lift in my left shoe) and said I.would be a hunchback when I grow old. I have been at a job I love for almost 6 years, have injured myself by my own carelessness over the years, lifting 50+ lbs on a weekly basis. About a year and a half ago, I severely injured myself, was out for two and a half weeks, xrays at the chiropractor's office showed bulging disc in L4, which he said was in between a 3 and a 4, 4 meaning surgery. Last week, I picked up a 5 gallon box of cooking oil friom floor level and twisted and knew I messed up bad when I did. My boss let me have 5 days off to recover, went back yesterday and hadn't recovered, reinjured myself. Haven't seen a dr yet, and am looking at quitting my well-loved job bc of my inability to perform as I once could. My question: will a disc heal itself if given time, and if so, how long would it take, if I'm very careful in my time off? I cannot bear the thought of leaving my family permanently, but I also can't continue to injure myself and risk the possibility of crippling myself for life... The pain has never been this severe. It's depressing to be 32 and realize how limited you've become over a few years time on what you can and can't do.