Hi BJ -
If you are concerned about whether or not the diagnosis you were given is accurate, I would probably insist on a scan - an MRI would be a good one. If you have insurance it shoudn't really be a problem, and if something shows up on the film that your doctor didn't suspect before, all the better to have had it done.
Good luck to you -
Had right pain down butt/leg/toes for over 2 years.
MRI confirmed L5-S1 disc herniation
Discogram confirmed L5-S1 disc tear
Tried chiro, PT, epi steriod injections, more PT... to no avail
Insurance denied IDET
Had L5-S1 hemilaminectomy with microdiscectomy on 2/18/03 - now pain free!!!