Sorry for the delayed reply ~ I was napping
Glad to know at least your doc was one who took a little time to go over things with you! That means so much when we have so many ?'s and fears. The nerve conduction study is NOTHING to worry about - nothing to it.
As for the discectomy....I had a Lami and I believe the differnce in the 2 are that in the Lami, part of the lamina is also removed for decompression.....not real sure honestly the difference in the Lami and what the Dr is suggesting for you - sure the other's who know more than me can clarify this for both of us. Try doing some searches and see what you find, I did look at spine.org/articles/discectomy.cfm and it gives a basic overview. I agree with what the doc said, don't get ahead of yourself in this ~ do the test and concentrate on the next few days (and weeks). Get with your Boss and see what his position is so you'll know where you stand there - even if you have to bite the bullet and somehow manage to work just to keep ins - maybe he'll be understanding? I do know that if you have this sx and if it is the discetomy you could hopefully return to work between 6-8 weeks or so.
Hope your feeling better and your mood is not quite as bad. Your probably frightened and I don't blame you. You have so much going on right now and my heart goes out to you. I totally understand your fears of loosing your job and insurance ~ I wish I had answers for you. I have no idea what type boss you have and whether he'd be willing to work with you on this? Luckily I have an employer who's been wonderful and saw me through the missed days - days there in ice etc.. I am really fortunate in that my employer is also a friend and it's a small company. Even so I pay 1/2 of my medical insurance and if I am unable to work I am unable to generate my 1/2, that's why I still crawl my broken butt to work each day - did have to go down to 4 days a week and I now have Wednesdays off.
We are all concerned and here for you ~
we might not have near all the answers you need
but it always helps to talk about things.
Let me know if you reach an agreement with your boss
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!