Hello everyone.... So about 4 weeks ago i moved a nightstand wrong and the following day my lower back was hurting...with some calf pain...after about s week of it not getting better i started seeing a chiro and i began improving! Then last thursday i sneezed...and i took a giant leap back...to the point its worse then the original injury.....my entire right leg went into a cramp...cold not move...pain is severe...i work for imaging center so i had an mri...well i herniated l4 l5 BAD it is seen pressing on nerve in mri...rest of my spine is fine thank god. So i was lucky and saw ortho yesterday...he said based on the mri he reccomed a lumbar microdiscectomy...said i was prime candiate...no other iissues and healthy.. He did say he wanted to wait and see me back in 3 weeks...he gave me lidocaine patch...prednisone...mmuscle relaxer...gabapentin and naprosyn...no narcotics which is fine because i would rather not take them. He said pt is out for me because of how bad the herniation is..but continue with chiro and meds....but he said he doubts it will heal on its own....i feel great in the am...as the day goes on it gets bad...and resting on effected side brings relief..a.but i have read pt can help and that they can heal. ...also...i saw chiro yesterday...he uses activator only and everywhere he did it hurts...i was in less pain before!!! I am thinking about the surgury...but i do not know ...i hear so many back surgury horror surguries. Any input would be appreciated please. Thank you!