I hurt my lower back six months ago(right side of lower back). When I went to my normal doctor, she thought it was just a hurt muscle and sent me to physical therapy. I went to physical therapy for about two months and at one point it seemed to get better, but it started hurting again, it was almost as if the physical therapy made it worse. So after having no luck, I went to an orthopedic doctor. I had an MRI but the doctor told me that nothing showed up on it even though he said that my symptoms are that of a bulging disc. I have leg pain that is in the right leg and sometimes can go all the way down to my ankle. Sometimes I even have the same type of pain on my left leg that stops at the knee. Walking for long times makes my back hurt a lot. Going from sitting to standing hurts a lot as well. My doctor wanted me to try physical therapy again and I am in my third week of it and it still really doesn't seem to be working. I have good days and I have bad days. I just wonder, when is it a good time to consider surgery for this? I'm going to be in college in the fall and doing marching band which will put me in a lot pain. Should I go to a different doctor to get another opinion? And if I am to get surgery, what would be the best and easiest to recover from?