A newbie - so please excuse the ignorance.
I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in the lumbar region two months ago - not sure of specifics. Went to my PCP, no help - he suggested physical therapy but had no answers. Had X-ray then MRI, and chiro didn't help at all. Went to a "Spine Center", and I noticed that the 13 doctors were either all anesthesiologists or "pain medicine specialists." Not an orthopedist in the bunch. I've been there three times, and got large prescriptions for Endocet and a muscle relaxer, and last week got a lumbar spinal epidural injection.
Nothing has helped, I'm still in pain and can't sit down at all. I'm kneeling at my laptop writing this, and it aches incessantly. The meds help just a little, but driving to work for 12 minutes is torture, and I feel groggy and dizzy all the time.
Not looking for sympathy - I'm wondering... How will continuing to take painkillers help actually heal the problem? I don't want to just mask the pain, I want the condition to be resolved. I don't want surgery - naturally, who does? But what are the basic options? Will my body "heal itself" while the pain is masked by the painkillers, or is my Spine Center just masking the problem indefinitely?
Thanks for any input...