I am scheduled for laser surgery to be done in less than a month now. I am going to try acupuncture this week also. I am eight months into this injury and trying hard to keep from making any big decisions like this too soon. But I am tired of the pain it is taking its toll on me. I do pretty well most of the day till about 6pm...I am wondering if I should give it more time to heal. But have heard herniated disks of this size (5mm) do not heal on their own. Has anyone heard any different?????