In 2013, I was rushed from my orthopedic surgeon to a neurologist. He said I had a "huge" herniated disc. The neurosurgeon then proceeded to scare me more by telling me that without immediate surgery I would lose bowel and bladder control. I was naive and scared so I agreed. I had the discectomy of L5 S1 in November of that year. I wish I had known then that I would be in 10x more pain now then I was then. I have finally found a doctor that respects my need to stay away from narcotic meds and is trying everything to manage my pain. Sadly, my most recent MRI shows moderate to severe bilateral foraminal stenosis and a disc osteophyte complex. Has anyone had additional surgeries based on these types of findings? I have researched fusions and laser options but I am so confused by it all. I want to go into this next step way more informed then I was before. Thanks!