Went and got second opinion for wife's extreme back pain. Been having pain for two months. Left side of back, hips, upper leg, lower leg, ankle.
Been seeing a physiotherapist couple weeks. Said he figured it was bulging disc and pinched nerve. Not to get any scans. He could fix me up. So we got started.
We decided to get a second opinion. ThisdThis (sports medicine specialist) said we don't need an MRI either. Looked at x-rays and says without a doubt it's bulging disc L5 / S1. Says nerve is pinched. That's why she has pain, why she has less feeling in left leg and has issues moving her big toe on left foot.
Only solution is if PT works he said. Other than that it's probably surgery.
Gave us some muscle relaxers. Said narcotic pain meds don't work for nerve pain well so to skip those. If these pills don't work within a week we can try gabapentin next week he said.
He said we should skip our upcoming pain management appt. They're going to offer same two meds as him and then shots. He said pain shots into spine won't help this location in his opinion. Would just cover it up temporarily if it worked at all.
Said if PT doesn't work in a few more weeks then we'll see a spine surgeon and get the MRI to help them prepare for surgery.
Thoughts? Opinions? He seemed very confident in all this.