Thanks for the replies. Right now surgery just does not sound good. Maybe I will feel differently down the line.
I got a copy of the MRI report today. Here are the highlights (lowlights?):
Central and left paracentral broad-based disc protrusion with posterior annular tear at L5-S1, without central canal stenosis. Mild left neural foraminal narrowing. Bilateral facet joint arthritis.
Central and bilateral paracentral, broad-based disc protrusion with posterior annular tear (at L4-L5), which along with ligamentum flavum hypertrophy is causing mild central canal stenosis. Mild narrowing of inferior aspect of neural foramina bilaterally without exiting nerve root compression. Bilateral hypertrophic facet joint arthritis.
Mild bilateral facet joint arthritis at L3-L4
Pretty neat huh? I am not too sure what all this means, but hopefuly I will find out on Monday. I'm still hurting bad, but it is nice to know why I am in so much freakin' pain.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and I hope everyone has a pain free 4-day weekend!