I hurt my back about 5 weeks ago after picking up on something. I've since had horrible back and leg pain. I've been told that it could be a herniated disc and that it could take week or years to heal. I cannot wait that long because I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old that depend on me and since I've hurt my back I haven't been able to do my normal everyday things. I've been in such pain that all I want to do is lay on the couch or in the bed most days but I cannot because I have my children to take care of. I've tried doing excerises that I was taught from my doctor that I use to do due to having degenerative disc disease but the pain is too much especially the days that I cannot even bend over. I need to have a quick healing process but I do not know how to make that happen. Is surgery my only option to heal quickly? Or there another route I can take?