I'm 26 years old and was in pretty good shape until i herniated a disk in my lower back about a month ago. I've been to the hospital emergency room 2 times and all they did for me was prescribe 20 5mg oxy's which only lasted for a couple of days. I ran out of the medication and was still in severe pain. I am unable to sit for more than 5 mins at a time before I have to lay on the floor flat on my back - the only position I am comfortable in. I went to the hospital a second time and they gave me the same prescription and told me that i should feel better within a couple of weeks. It's been a month now and I feel no better. To make it worse, I have been buying pain killers illegally which is incredibely costly as well as risky. I need advice about how to go about getting a pain management doctor. Do I need a referral? I can no longer afford to get medication on the black market. While taking them I am able to live in relative comfort as well as go through my stretching routines and back workouts - which is begging to help. I am not able to do this without pain medication. Please help! I am willing to consider anything at this point!