I have a herniation which is effacing the spinal cord at c5-c6, I also have bulging (not protruding) disc at c3-c4 and c4-c5. My surgeon thinks that surgery is only needed at 1 level where the disc is herniated. However my worse symptoms (shoulder, trap, chest and elbow pain) are not consistent with the typical symptoms for a c5-c6 herniation (for ex I don't have any bicep pain). How does a doc/surgeon conclude which disc(s) to remove? I worry that he may remove a non-symptomatic disc and my symptoms will still remain. Any guidance will be appreciated.