I've had a herniated disc a few years ago . I was in agony for a year . Tried physio and a charopractor but it didn't work. They recommend surgery if it hasn't healed after 3 to 6 months . Which is what I did. It worked a treat . I was fine for 3 years after and enjoying life . But one day at work I lifted something to heavy and now another disc has ruptured . I've had a steroid injection which was a load of rubbish and a waste of a day in hospital . The last time I had surgery i was with BUPA and got seen to within 3 days. And back on my feet in 4 weeks . However Now I don't have BUPA cover and I've been waiting 9 months for surgery . The pain is so severe I sometimes can't bring myself to leave the house as I dread a day full of pain . Even after taking painkillers . I don't enjoy life anymore because of it and it feels like the healthcare system really couldn't care less . It's not a nice place to be . I can barely walk to the shop and back let alone work . I'm only 29 so I hope that the hospital get in touch soon as I cant carry on like this . If anyone has had this condition for longer than 6 months I really would recommend surgery as when I had it last time I felt like a new man afterwards . Just be very careful with what you lift after you are healed . This affects people very differently, some people acb heal by themselves however if the disc is severely ruptured then you will need surgery . I just hope the hospital get in touch soon. Don't accept the pain guys ! You shouldn't have to take painkillers for the rest of your life . There is solutions out there ,but operations are expensive so expect to wait a VERY long time if you don't have healthcare . Good luck and stay strong .