My disc was ruptured in May 2008. My neurosurgeon + family physician both were recommending surgery to remove herniated portion of the disc. I spoke to 7-8 people with similar problem and they all told me that don't even think about surgery unless you are in severe pain and can not do anything on your own. I am feeling better now. I hardly have any pain in my leg due to nerve pinching. One of my foot is weak but it is slowly improving. Some part of the feet is numb (reduced sensation) but sometimes I feel that it is improving.
I do light stretch exercise at home. I walk for 15-20 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon and 7-10 minutes at night. I practive some yoga postures which I found from a book written by a famous neurosurgeon. I want to make my core muscles strong but I do not know when , where, and how to start. I am not sure where should I go. Physiotherapist or yoga instructor, gym or personal trainer. Since I am not following my neurosurgeon's advise recommending microdiscectomy, I am not sure who shall I ask before starting anything like this. My husband also suggested me to get a inversion table but many websites including this one suggests taking doctor's advise. I don't know what to do now. I am not on any pain medication. My back as well as legs hurt when I stand or walk for long but after taking rest for an hour or so, pain doesn't bother me.
Can someone suggest how to overcome these obstacles?
Can I start working with a personal trainer or yoga instructor without consulting a doctor?