I have been having back pain for the last 19 months. I have seen all kinds of docs and gone through every test and injection possible. I found out that between L4 and L5 I have a mild disc protrusion and it is dried up and torn.It is causing severe lower back pain and then it goes through my butt and down both my legs. My legs don't get numb but they are very weak and it hurts to walk or have any pressure on them. I was out of work for a year but then my husband got laid off so I had to get a part time job and there i sit for 3 hours or stand when the pain gets too bad. I barely make it through that. My PM Dr. has now told me to go and talk to a surgeon. I had an appointment last week and this Dr. told me that he agrees that surgery is the next step but he doesn't want to do it. I don't understand why he would not want to do it himself if that is the next step. Does anybody have any answers? I also am having a hard time expressing to my Dr. that the pain meds he is prescribing are not cutting it. He says he wont up any dose because of my age. I think it is ridiculous! I mean pain is pain no matter what age. I understand he is worried about me getting addicted but why not worry about that after we solve the back problem. I lie in bed all day except for the 3 hellish hours I am at work. He has me on Percocet 5mg, oxycontin 10mg, and Neurontin. I don't know how to bring it up again that they are not working. Any advice? How do I find out if I qualify for disability?
Thanks for listening,