I have learned so much from the site and I want to thank everyone for their support. I learned about a discogram and emg. My op has not even mentioned them. He said only a spinal fusion could help me. I think a need a few more test first. Is there a test that can check for bone spurs from the facet joints pressing on the nerves. I have all the symptons of facet joint disease, herniated disc, sciatia, L-5 nerve root impringement and S-1 nerve root impringment. Thank the lord, I have an appointment with a ns next Tuesday. I hope he/she can help me. If I have to have surgery I rather have a ns then an op.