Just joined this morning. I have been experiencing ALL the "normal" symptoms for about 10 days, which appear to still be escalating in severity.
Went to a local chiropractor a few times, he would do some basic adjustments, massage, acupuncture. None of which helped. And he prescribed some exercises that I can not do presently, there is just no way I am going to be able get into a lying position on the floor and get back up again without help. Yesterday afternoon he decided that I most likely had a bulging disk and referred me to a specialist (from their web site - specializing in the non-operative treatment and management of painful spinal disorders and other musculoskeletal conditions). I don't have an appointment yet but their web site says they make every effort to see new referrals in 2 weeks, we will see once I actually talk their office this morning but I can not deal with 2 more weeks of this.
My insurance lists about 60 in-network orthopedists within 20 miles of my house, so I can hopefully get an appointment pretty quickly. Although seeing the first one with available time on his/her calendar might not be a good approach.
I am new to this, how do you go about picking a doctor? If I have to wait 2 weeks to see one, what do I do? Can my local GP prescribe something to help in the interim?
Living in nearly constant pain, afraid to make any movements, a prisoner in my own house, alternating cold/hot packs, and swallowing Advil is no way to live.