MRI Results, need help on what is wrong
Back in 2004 I used to work at an airport as a ground worker, lifting heavy luggage and such. Make long story short I was diagnosed with a pinched nerve and did physically therapy. I did not keep up with my exercise but I did it from time to time. Pain came and went but my legs still weak. Fast forward to this year, I lifted a few heavy things and played my sport I am so passionate about, tennis, the pain has become so unbearable. I feel weakness in my legs and pain down my legs especially down my left leg. I recently had an MRI and it said this:
My MRI says the alignment of the lumbar spine shows mild straightening of the lumbar lordosis. Vertebral body heights are symmetric. Disc desicaation L4-5, L5-S1. No bone marrow edema. The conus medullaris is normal. L1-2, L2-3, L3-4 are normal. L4-5- diffuse disc bulge flattening the anterior thecal sac. Small central annular tear. AP canal greater than 10 mm. No significant neural foraminal narrowing. L5-S1 left paracentral disc herniation. Disc extends approx 10 cm. There is no significant neural foraminal narrowing.
What are my options besides going to my dr, which I am. I am not a person that takes pain medication, I cannot stand it. I prefer natural remedies.