First of all, hello to everyone here. I've been lurking for a couple days and thought I would contribute today.
I suffered from an L4-L5 herniation in early 2004 when I was 21. Probably brought on by poor form while weight lifting. One day I couldn't get out of bed without feeling excruciating pain. Doctor performed a micro-d and it worked like a charm. 99% pain free for the last 6 years.
I got back into lifting weights earlier this year but I was extremely careful to avoid excessive strain on my back. Unfortunately, I started experiencing sciatica again a few days ago. Pain has progressively gotten worse and I'm worried that it will continue to get worse until I'm no longer able to get out of bed. I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday. I'll keep you all posted, but in the meantime I have a couple questions:
- Does anybody have any experience with Dr. ABC and Dr. XYZ in Dallas? I have an appointment with Dr. 123 on 9/30.
- Would it help to get an MRI done before the first doctor visit or should I see the doctor first and see what he says?
- I'm a full-time student right now and am under my wife's health care plan. It's a PPO that has a 20% co-pay. What sort of expenses am I looking at if I need another micro-d? If not, how much does PT cost approximately?
Post edited to remove the name of medical professionals and institution. Moderator haglandc