Thank you for your kind compliment but I don't always have a positive attitude
Like so many of us here, I have my bad attitude days too - my hubby can vouch for that
It gets hard staying positive - especially when your in pain day in, day out.
Now, as for your fears: LET your body tell you when/IF you need to resort to surgery especially if your pain is not chronic and your still are able to manage it. That along with your work situation....all needs to be your decision. I would go ahead with what the Dr is suggesting - as far as the EMG. The disco is usually (but not always) a precursor to surgery - perhaps some of the wiser ones here can add more on this, some studies I have read tend to indicate that you could have worsening pain after a disco? unsure of course if that would apply to you. I guess what I am trying to say is SURGERY is a HUGE decision, not one to make unless you have NO ALTERNATIVE. IF/when the pain becomes untolerable or your condition indicates it's medically needed - I would still use surgery as a last resort only. At any rate hopefully your pain is not so severe in that you must make a quick decision, talk it over with your family and get with your boss and MOST of all get with yourself, if you can not lead a relatively normal life with the pain you have now, then perhaps you need to seriously consider the surgery? You only saw this Dr once - perhaps he's just painting the big picture for you - nobody can make this decision for you and hopefully you'll be able to research your options a little longer.
Will be here when you yell ~
Hope your feeling ok today