I am a 37 year old male and I have been identified with a severely herniated L4-L5 disc. I think it would have happened when I playfully picked up my wife and swung her around. I immediately felt something weird about my back, but the pain wasn’t horrible, so I neglected it. Things felt normal, I was going to work, continued my gym workouts, and even travelled to France for an official assignment. My feet used to occasionally feel numb, but I thought it was because of my tight shoes. The numbness too did not persist for long. It used to come and go as it pleased. So, I wasn’t too bothered about it. 2 months back, as I woke up from sleep one fine morning, I could hardly move out of my bed. When I tried, I felt this horrendous pain on my back. I felt gnawing sciatica pain on my back, which extended down to my legs. I could not move an inch and my wife had to rush me to the hospital. My doctor ordered an MRI which confirmed that I had a massive 1cm herniation at L4-L5 and the broken disc bone had moved 1.9cm up. The doctor said that the herniation not only affected my sciatic nerve but was also harming my cauda equina nerves and it could turn into cauda equina syndrome if not taken care properly. I was dismal to learn from my GP that major herniations like this require surgery to make it back to normal. I saw 3 doctors to hear something different, but hard luck!!! My neurosurgeon saw my MRI and suggested that I get a discectomy at the earliest. Even my physiotherapist said that she couldn’t help me with such a large herniation. I am really anxious about my condition and have been researching online in a hope of finding an alternative treatment that does not involve surgery. After exploring a lot online, I came across various conventional therapies like acupuncture, invasion therapy, therapeutic massage, yoga stretches etc. I must say (at least in my opinion) it has given me results because I do not experience any pain now. But still I can’t do majority of the activities I used to do earlier like running, working out at the gym etc. I feel my condition has improved considerably, but my neurosurgeon feels that at one point or the other, I will definitely need a surgery. He even fears I might get a cauda equina syndrome as there are chances my herniated disc will push itself out onto the nerves. When I told him about my improvement with respect to pain, he says it is just because my nerves have become insensitive to pain. I am awfully worried thinking that I am not doing myself any good and also if I am trying to avoid the inevitable. To be really honest, I am scared and feel depressed. The surgery is also a financial burden on me. I thought I could deal with it through the conventional methods but I am not sure now. Please someone advice. I am really desperate now!!!