The size of a disc herniation really doesn't matter when it comes to the ultimate outcome: pain relief. Believe it or not, once you are out of pain, the disc herniation may be totally gone, a little smaller or bigger! But don't worry. You still won't have pain!
The spinal disc, the cartilage separating the bones of the spine, never forgets an episode of pain. The slightest disc bulge may produce much pain. The amount of pressure on the nerve determines the symptoms you may experience.