About 5 weeks ago, the co told me I had an L5/ S1 disc protrusion with impingement on the left S1 nerve. The pain was intolerable initially but with physio got a lot better within even the first treatment. 5 weeks on, I continue to have a little pain in my left hamstring but more importantly have a continued tingling feeling on my left foot and numbness on the sole of my left foot.
Doc suggests surgery and I am clearly not keen. Given that the pain in tolerable and manageable, is the only way to get rid of the tingling feeling surgery?
Also, it feels like I have the same tingling feeling slowly on my right left and left hand - is this even possible or is it all in my head?
Do any alternative treatments such as chinese med or indian aurveda massage help?
Any advice much appreciated.