Re: disc pressing on spinal cord
You are very wise to do everything possible to avoid surgery.
In most cases, conservative treatments such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, NSAIDs (if you can take them), etc. will help alleviate your symptoms, but it can take time - lots of it.
Studies have shown the body can at least partially reabsorb herniated discs but it can take months to a couple of years for it to happen.
It would be good as suggested to go see a well-known spine surgeon in your area, preferably one who practices minimally-invasive techniques. However, remember that if and when you have surgery is up to you and you are the one who will have to live with the results, good or bad. It also wouldn't hurt to see more than one surgeon, and I have been amazed at how different the opinions can be of various surgeons looking at the same test results.