You are a surgical candidate if 3 criteria are met:
) pain that lasts more than 6 months and that has failed to respond to nonsurgical measures.
2.) there is a surgically "correctable" problem. In the case of a bulging disc, one does not know the answer to this until a discogram has been performed. Yes, bulging discs can be sources of severe pain.
3.) you determine that you can't live with it.