Hi! I am scheduled for surgery in 6 days…first time. MRI shows "huge" herniated disc at L2-3. Numbness in left hip joint, front of left thigh and sometimes in area of spine. Numbness started 5 days ago. Impinging on nerve root. Doc says will not get any better must take herniated material out. Doc is neurosurgeon. Worried about cauda equina syndrome if no nothing. Does anyone ever return to "normal" function? How long before can walk normally? Advice re alternative treatment options vs surgery. Anything is welcome!