Re: Will my herniated disc and sciatica go away on its own?
AF - I suggest you post on the Back Problems board, as they deal more with lower back trouble, and this board tends toward cervical problems.
When a radiologist calls a protrusion "large", he also means it's serious. Considering what you want to do in life, it would seem to be better to get that disk removed and not spend any more time waiting and hoping. From what you write about how intensely you work out, I wouldn't be surprised if you got yourself pretty close back to full function.
Anyway, better advice over on the other board....