I have been to a doctor and he took an X-ray and just prescribed me some Motrin and a muscle relaxer.
Really? You mean the ‘doctor’ used an imaging modality that cannot reveal disc herniations, and then prescribed you some painkillers?!?!?!
You doctor is an imbecile when it comes to back pain. He might be good at other stuff, but all he has shown here is that he has not the first clue about musculoskeletal problems relating to the spine.
Only an MRI will reveal soft tissue lesions, and painkillers might be of some use in the acute stage of an injury, to facilitate rehabilitation exercises, but they will NOT have any healing benefit whatsoever by themselves.
Basically, what your ‘doctor’ has done is given you a band-aid, and an unneccesary dose of ionising radiation.
Do you feel happy with that?
No, that is kind of why I started the thread. I wanted to see if I had the classic symptoms of a herniated disc before I decided to go through the process of getting an MRI done.
I’m not sure how to go about getting an MRI, but I asked a guy I work with who has a herniated disc and had an MRI done and he said he had to get his doctor to have one done on him. Does this make sense?
After that last doctor visit I really do not want to go to that guy again. Would I have to go through a General Practioner to get the MRI done or what? I have no clue what to do in this situation. Any advice would be appreciated.