I made an appt to see my former orthopedic surgeon when I started having what I believe to be sciatic pain down my left leg again afater a laminectomy, fusion at L4-L5 in June of 2004. He said that he would not do any diagnostic testing (MRI) until I come to him to "fix it." I just want to know what is going on, not have surgery again for the second time. I am consideirng approaching my PCP for aN MRI for a diagnosis so that I can decide if conservative care is an option. It scares me to think of undergoing all that horrible, drawn-out pain again so soon. Do doctors realize how ba it really is?