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Can herniated disc heal after more than 2 years?

Hello everyone,

I've had a herniated disc in the L4-L5, lower back, section of my back. I've had this problem for just over 2 years. I have avoided any type of surgery, including the minimally invasive surgeries, and have been fighting this problem with a combination of tactics.

My main question: Is there still a possibility for my disc to heal and/or the pain go away after such a long period of time? I have heard typically that a disc can heal in anywhere from 6 weeks to 1 year. I want to know if there is still a chance for my back to reduce pain.

Thank you for your help,


  • After 2 years most people have no difference between surgery and conservative measures. I think you have to consider your current quality of life and discuss with surgeons. In my case, I went to several surgeons and they all concurred that my injury would not heal on it's own. I tried some minimally invasive procedures and improved but only for a short time so I am about to have surgery. Looking forward to having my life back.
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