I have had pain in my left leg (front thigh) since January. Tried a number of pain medication up to percocet and gabapentin. Has an e-ray and MRI done. Was scheduled for a epidural shot june 21st. In the mean time saw the surgeon who set surgery for the 19th. I apparently have a buldge in the L-1 & L-2 area with a small bone (or such) spir that "may be cause the pain. The surgeon would go in and remove the small (peanut sized) spir and clean up the buldges. He and my PCP recommend the epidural first. From a purely logical standpoint that does not make sense. It may mast the pain, but how can it fix them problem? I am leaning toward the surgery top fix the problem. Others are telling me to get a 2nd opinion that may consider the "X SPOT insert between the discs.