I finally saw my new doctor (neurosurgeon) yesterday. He was great!! I go in Aug 12th for a laminectomy and disectomy of L5. He was very honest with me and told me there is a chance my nerves are never going to heal fully. He told me that I should have seen him at least six months ago when my symptoms got worse. Anyways, I am just glad I finally found a doctor that is willing to help me. There is a 50/50 chance that this surgery will or will not help me. I figure that is better odds then causing more damage. I have tried all conservative methods to help my back that were asked of me but for one reason or another they were no good. If I leave it then I believe I am just going to end up worse and who wants that not me. My man went with me and he agreed that this is my last hope to get even a little better. I was very happy reading some of the posts on here about the experiences other people have had with this type of surgery. Thank you for all the support I have received since I joined. If not for all the great people on here I might have given up months ago and just settled for the fact that no doctor was ever going to help me soon.