First post here. First of all: great forum with great information. Thank you.
* Back pain for 6 months
* Finally pressed for MRI--badly herniated L4/L5 disc
* Excruciating pain starting three days ago that required visit to ER.
* Need surgeon recommendation in Raleigh/Durham area.
First post here. I've been suffering from mild to very painful back pain for the past 6 months or so after injuring my back doing back squats at the gym (and possibly before that, not sure). I went the GP route and got some big advils and muscle relaxers back in June 2011... no real help there so tried chiro for awhile, which helped quite a bit at first but then kind of wore off. Toward the end of the year I decided to just bypass the GP and go straight to an ortho doctor.
The first thing the ortho told me was "You're in the wrong place.. I'm a surgeon and based on your symptoms there's no way I'd do surgery on you. You need PT." I pressed for an MRI anyway because I just felt like something was wrong, and luckily he did one... I got the results back last week and have a severely herniated L4/5 disc that's pressing on the nerve. The doctor immediately changed his opinion to "We can try ESI shots, but they're not going to help here and I think you need surgery."
I'd been doing okay up until that point but coincidentally (and maybe also because I stopped doing chiro), the day after that visit I woke up with by far the most intense pain of my life in my entire right side... so much that if I stood I started to black out from pain. That combined with a huge fever and basically being unable to stand or move earned me a trip to the ER.
Anyway, I've gotten a few second opinions from friends and friends of friends in the orthopedic field and all say the same thing: "This need surgery as soon as possible."
At this point I'm looking for the best possible surgeon in my area for a discectomy. I realize that posting names on here probably is not allowed, so I'm hoping that I may get a few PMs from members in this area who have experience with the surgeons around here.
Thank you in advance for listening, and great forum.