so i have read that three injections is kinda the norm,but with no real basis in medicine for why. i am scheduled for my second this coming tuesday. im not sure if the first provided relief or if it was the natural healing process. i am coming up on 2 months of narcotic pain killers just so that walking doesnt feel like i have a bloody stump for a foot. i have obviously also been out of work. surgery has been recommended but the surgeon wants to wait for 3 injections. i have a 3cm extrusion at l5s1, and i find it hard to believe that even with reduced inflammation i will have enough relief to return to work any time soon. can i refuse an injection and ask for the surgery?