I honestly do not remember how bad my herniation was, which is funny considering how long
I spent dwelling on it, lol. I did and still do have syrixes, but I do my best to not let all of that rule my life anymore. Then again, I am on a lot of nice pain meds for my EDS, so that makes it easier.
As for having to fight for your dx, ya, it bites, but it sure beats the h*ll out of believing the docs that say it's all in your head...
The decompression surgery is well worth having.