a few months ago I was in severe pain due a herniated disc (L4 L5), and was about to do a surgery.
I was already going through all the preoperative exams when I decided to consult with a neurosurgeon who advised me to wait a few more weeks, as I was getting better.
You can see my case on this topichttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/newbies-welcome/new-member-introductions/24y-huge-herniated-disc-mri-images#comment-3490
5 months after going through a crisis that kept me in bed for 3 weeks, I was 100% better, without any pain, and, as you can see in my MRI images, the herniation was almost gone.
My recovery was based on pilates, physical therapy and yoga.
The deficit in my toe is gone, and the strenght is 100% back. I am taking Omega-3 (fish oil) since my crisis, as I read some studies saying that it might help nerve injuries.
Today, 9 months after my crisis I did another MRI, and the herniation is getting even better.
I wanted to come here and share this with any person that was in the same situation as I was. It is important to know that surgery is not the only alternative, even when it seems to be.
During the crisis:http://imgur.com/IdWYcrw
5 months after:http://imgur.com/GkDGxbe
9 months after:http://imgur.com/XhsXQR6