Am I likely to heal without surgery?
MRI from 1 week ago shows "prominent posterior disc prolapse at L2-L3 causing spinal stenosis and cauda equina compression". GP asked me to come-in urgently after seeing this report - I passed all neurological tests. No cauda equina symptoms - no pins and needles, no numbness anywhere at all, never had any bladder, bowel problems.
I am now waiting for an appointment with a neurosurgeon for an initial assessment and recommendation.
My pain was severe 3 months ago but is 80%-90% gone now - is this an indication that the prolapse may have been much bigger and has reduced, and potentially will continue reducing and thus I won't need surgery? I am surprised the MRI showed this a disc prolapse after i've already improved so much (and continue to improve, even if very slowly).
My pain became severe 3 months ago when I went to pick up something small off the floor. Symptoms were - radiating pain into my butt, groin, quads. I never had sciatica, and never any pain below the knees. Straight leg test was also negative - i could raise my leg without any pain. Bending forward, and sitting was completely impossible for 1-2 months. I was mostly in bed for weeks. Over these 3 months, the pain gradually went away and is now 90%+ gone. That said - the pain returns if I sit for too long, walk, or have sex. I am able to work from home so for the past 3 months I have done almost zero sitting - I converted my desk to standing desk and after I the pain was bout 50%+ better I started standing at my desk and taking frequent rests on my bed, horizontal (no sitting at all). Perhaps this helped.
I was also doing stretches, and some lower back strength exercises - though only in the past 1 month (before it was too painful).
Previous to this I had suffered with a milder variation of these symptoms for 4 years but usually after a good night's sleep the next morning I was pain free, and depending on my activity level the symptoms would get aggravated by the evening. If it got worse I eased of exercise for a few weeks which would usually help. Perhaps a disc bulge had been there for all that time and 3 months ago it became bigger and more pronounced.
There is nobody on the forum medically qualified to give advice, all responses will be based on members experiences