Spontaneous recovery? Herniated disk with sequestration
I am a 39-year old female and have been recently diagnosed with L4/L5 herniation in advanced stage (sequestration). I have been having pain since July. So far, I have done physical therapy , have taken meds, and eased off on sports activities (yoga). Although the pain has lessened greatly in the last month, I saw a surgeon yesterday who recommended that I undergo surgery. He says that due to the size of the herniation, there is little chance that I will recover spontaneously from the hernia. I have a desk job, so I feel some pain when I get up after sitting for a while and feel some tingling (no numbness though) in the right foot from time to time because the hernia is pressing on the right. But that's about it! Other that that I am functional - I can work, drive, go to the gym, walk, and have no problems in most activities.
I am really not sure about undergoing surgery. My idea of surgery is that it is for people with very severe symptoms, which is not my case. But the fact that the hernia is big makes me think that I might get better ... or worse. Is anybody in a similar situation? Has anybody recovered from a big hernia with no surgery? Please help! I am not trying to be stubborn or heroic but I feel that if you go to a hairdresser, he will tell you that you need a haircut, right? Btw, I am scheduled to get a second opinion in two weeks' time.
Thank for reading,