Around 2 months ago I was doing bent over rows (with apparently terrible form) and felt something 'tear' in my lower back. For a few days I was barely able to lean forward while standing straight up. A few days went by and the pain went away so I figured I could get back into lifting slowly. Things went fine for about a week but then I started to develop what I have come to learn is 'Sciatic' pain. It slowly built up to the point where getting in/out of my car is horrid. Some days aren't so bad but others I find myself writhing in pain for at least a minute before I can even start my car. I am unable to lift my left leg straight up while standing due to the sharp pain. I went to a Chiropractor and had around 6 adjustment sessions and things just kept getting worse. I then decided to go get an MRI and met with a spine specialist who determined that I have 1 bulging and 1 herniated disc in my lumber area (sorry I forgot which exact ones but the herniated one is about 5mm). He prescribed some oral corticosteroids that definetly helped with the pain but its definetly not gone and the pills are done. While I feel that the pain is sometimes getting better, sitting is still causing very bad flare ups from time to time. I have been doing very light stretching and some fast paced walking that seems to help but am still unable to lift my leg straight up or do hamstring stretches, which still result in very sharp pains.
Based on my story, does it sound like I might be able to ride things out and let this thing heal naturally or do you think I should start considering more invasive options like surgery?