Does the disc herniation cause you problems? I'm like scarred, I had lumbar & cervical fusion and have had pain in both areas ever since but before the fusion I was becoming an invalid and had no other choice. If you haven't tried any of the non-invasive procedures yet I would recommend trying ultrasound, steroid injections or other procedures first.
Thanks for the information. The disc herniation seems to have began when I first had this sudden onset of severe pain, so it seems that it could be the reason behind it. However, my PCP acts like the pain I am describing would not be caused by the L1-2 herniation, but that it sounds like it is much lower and would be something like L5-S1. L4-5 and L5-S1 is exactly where the MRI report indicates facet disease, and when I looked up information on facet disease syndrome the pain symptoms seemed to fit what is going on with me. So I want to bring up everything the report said. I feel like if I focus too much on 'I need surgery for the herniated disc' I may end up not getting full treatment. I don't want to jump the gun when something else may be the cause, so I'm gonna bring this all up.
Tomorrow's the big 'day'. Speaking of which, this is my first consultation with the surgeon. Do you see the surgeon again before any operation he suggests, or do you usually only have the initial consult and then whatever operation?
Based upon so many people's input on here, I think I may get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon. This doctor I am seeing seems to be the right match in terms of qualifications. He specializes in spine surgery and completed two spine fellowships--so it isn't like he just works on people's knees and dabbles with spines on the side. But qualifications don't mean his opinion is infallible, so if he suggests surgery I intend to get another opinion.