My first post here and could use some help. I'm 44 yrs old and work for a small commercial landscape company and during the late spring,early summer my lower back started really bothering me. By Oct 2009 I was saying I really I have to see a Dr. when mid Nov came it was so bad I couldn't get my socks or shoes on and one morning told my boss my Dr would see me. My Dr. gave me a dose pack prescription and sent me for an x-ray. I got some quick pain relief with the medicine and a few days later they said no disc problems just arthritis and DDD. They also approved me for an orthopedic Dr. but I didn't follow up right away because I was feeling better. Then I had another big flare up just before xmas. Because Dr.was on vacation I had to go to the emergency room. They prescribed more steroids,flexeril,and tramadol. Finally get an appt. with orhto get an MRI mid Jan 2010 find out I have 2 herniated discs. Now I'm on my way for a ESI end on Jan 2010. It works semi good after five days I can do PT. I going for one more injection this week I never thought it would take all this but I never new what I had until Jan 2010. I really feel I made a mistake not going on my employers WC the first day I went to the Dr. My boss did know my back was killing me I complained constantly every morning and walked with a limp. This type of work you try and complete the season. Is there any way WC could take over medical bills I have a lot of co pays and might be heading for surgery in the future. Any help appreciated thanks.