I won't give you a diagnosis beause I am not a MD...but, based on my experiences with low back and neck problems...if your neurosurgeon recommends surgery I would definately get a second opinion. Have you tried a chriopractor? Mine has had wonderful results with pain management and was able to avoid surgery on my Lumbar region. I was on disability for almost a year - over 12 years ago - as a result of bulging discs. I had numbess all the way to my toes and constant severe pain. After an extensive physical therapy - exercise program I was able to return to work. That was 11 years ago. I never did have the surgery on my low back and only occasionally have a minor flare-up. Good luck...lets us know how you make out.