Herniated disc, CT results - opinions?
Sorry to hear you've been having so much pain. Doctors don't general recommend surgery right off the bat, unless their is some type of major Neurological concern or some other type emergency or danger.
And I know here in the U.S a lot of insurance companies won't let them. The other treatments you mentioned like injections, different meds and physical therapy are a lot cheaper, and quite frankly are worth trying, they sometimes help. Surgery is very serious business and should only be done as a last resort.
It seems that your Doctor's on top of the situation, but It troubles me that you were sent home for 6 weeks with out a referral to Physical Therapy or to see a Chiropractor. I know you can barely walk and that your pains bad, but any little bit of therapy you could do, could help. Being inactive often makes your pain worse, and your muscles tighten up more.
I've been where you are and I know what your going through, believe me. I know improvement doesn't seem possible, but it is. And very possibly without surgery. I don't want to tell you my story right now, it's too long.
Whatever you do, don't give up, if you need someone to talk to, I'm here.
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