I have had 3 back surgeries in the last 5 years (all laminectomy/discectomy on L-5 S-1). A few weeks ago I was in a minor car accident and I'm having major pain in my back and down my leg. My MRI results show that the same disc is bulging and hitting the nerve causing the pain down my leg. I should be a pro by now at understanding all of this. But I am so confused. The Dr. says that a bulging disc and herniated disc are not the same thing and in my situation this time is not operable. I've been reading on line, though that it is the same thing. I am so confused. Also, in the past, steroids, different types of injections, physical therapy, etc. has not helped. Does anyone out there have any advice??? I am 31 years old, and I feel 80. I need some feedback, please!