Okay, I had my 2nd doctor's appointment today and he is standing by his position that I need to have a posterior fusion done. He said he would be doing a dis-service to me by conducting a discectomy for my condition. I had a discogram (which was so painful)done on 10/9 that came back abnormal confirming my L4/L5 disc is torn and leaking fluid. In addition, I have DDD. My pain is off the scale at this point with pain shooting down my right left. I have to say after my appointment I was a bit ~X( because my insurance denied the procedure). Well, I called my insurance company back to find out what other options are there since I've tried all the non-surgical ones. The nurse I spoke to me if my doctor would have indicated that I have "Instability of Vertebrae disc" my pre-certification would have been approved(don't think she was supposed to tell me that). Now I am not a doctor but isn't a torn disc & DDD "Instability of Vertabrae disc"? I'm confused. :?