I am not sure when or how my herniated disks started as I've been dealing with pain for almost two years now but this year my pain has become much worse. Last year in November I had an MRI that showed that I have a herniated disk in my L4 , L5. This year I developed sciatica that's been going on for months. I've been to my primary doctor, a neurogist, and a pain management doctor (physiatrist) . I've had antiinflammatory meds, muscle relaxers, physical therapy and TENS therapy with no relief. I'm not sure what to do next or what doctor to see. My pain management doctor told me he wants to try an epidural but said I'd have to wait 4 weeks but its been 3 months now and I'm still waiting! Is it normal to wait this long? Should I get an epidural right away? Any recommendations of a doctor I should see? I live in the United States and my health insurance doesn't require a referral to see a specialist. Should I see a chiropractor maybe?
I'm not old I'm only 28. I need to lose weight as I know added weight isn't helping but I need pain relief and can't wait to lose the lbs first. Its affecting me emotionally as well.its torment