I am sort of wondering if I really might have this stuff or if it is something else. I have been diagnosed with it, but I am not sure that I believe the first doctor that I talked to so much. I am thinking that I might need to get a second opinion. The first doctor says that I have something called Facet syndrome. By definition that is a syndrome in which the zygapophysial joints cause back pain. This syndrome can progress to spinal osteoarthritis, which is known as spondylosis. I am not really sure what all of that means, but it certainly scares me a good bit and I am not going to act like it does not. There are a lot of things that a rational person should be afraid of and this is one of the big ones. Most times I would not be that frightened of a surgeon, but this is not the same as most things. When a doctor goes to cutting on your spine there are a whole lot of bad results which could happen to you. Of course there is a small chance that you could die from even the most simple of surgical procedures. All sorts of things could happen during and after the surgery. The big thing is going to be when you get infections, or at least that is the most prevalent thing which may happen. The other thing that happens a lot is swelling, which results from fluid collecting in the place where they cut you open. They often have to go back in to get rid of that. With a back surgery the consequences can be really bad for you. The big thing is that you could lay down on the operating table and never be able to get back up.