Thanks for writing in,
Not all cases of intervertebral disc
pathology needs surgery. Without seeing MRI and examining you clinically, it is hard to tell whether you need surgery for disc or not. If the MRI shows significant nerve root compression
or prolapsed disc or spinal canal
stenosis correlating with your symptoms, then you might need a surgical decompression.
I see that there is some nerve root compression because of the disc prolapse
on left side, which is why you should be experiencing pain on left side.
Try to avoid lifting weights, avoid leaning forward, avoid driving and sitting for long time. Always sleep on hard surface. You can take pillows beneath your knees while sleeping. Continue your medications as per your doctor's advise. If possible a course of interferential therapy with intermittent pelvic traction (Physiotherapy
) can be tried. This might help you in decreasing the pain. Even after following these advises for 2-3 weeks, if pain still persists, then consult neuro-surgeon regarding surgical decompression.
Get well soon.