I'm happy to find a group where I can share my own personal experience and hopefully get some useful advices.
I'm 23 years old in good shape. I have a15mm herniated disc on the L5-S1 disc. However I have not experienced any extreme pain or disorders in my walking abilities. The only symptoms I have is an insistent burning on my left hip that seems more like a burn after the gym. After I went to the doctor where he suggested to have an MRI, I came across with a "massive" herniation. The doctor immediately suggested surgery saying that even though the clinical condition is not requiring surgery the size of the herniation can cause very serious neurological damage and has to be removed as soon as possible. I was quite terrified. Surgery was the only option? I went on and asked more doctors and they gave me the same answer. They say that physiotherapy will have no results and that chances are that the herniation will continue to grow to cause serious damage to the nerves. However there was one doctor that told me that since my clinical condition is not as bad I should wait, have some physiotherapy and see how it goes.
To tell you the truth I don't trust people that don't give a second option especially when they have much to gain (from surgery). I'm to the point now that I need to do something ether surgery or physiotherapy. Doesn't seem to be a strait answer to it. So I would be grateful if you could give me some more advice to make my decision easier.
Thank you all in Advance!