Yes, you can have bulging discs and not be a surgical candidate. Alot of times people can have a bulging disc and not know it, and then have some sort of trauma, have an MRI and then learn they have this problem. I have a bulging disc at L5-S1 which is the very bottom disc in your low back. Since I do not have any nerve involvment such as a pinched nerve or compressed nerve, I don't need surgery. There are many different ways of managing low back pain these days. By any chance are you on a muscle relaxer, if not your dr needs to prescribe you one to at least take at bedtime. Some people get groggy and if they work they can't take them during the day and only take them at bedtime. Muscle spasms can bring on pain from hell. If your dr is not willing to give you different medications for pain in an effort to find one that helps you, then you should probably ask for a referral to a pain mgt dr. Be sure though in finding a pain dr that does write sccipts for medication, some of these guys will want to procedures only and no meds.Alot of times moist heat works well, moist heat is much better than dry heat. Tiger Balm is a good for muscular pain. My old massage therapist use to rub me down in it and then do hot packs. Oh man, did that ever feel good.
I do hope you get to feeling better soon. Susie
I know the pain you suffer. Back surgery should be the last resort as everyone suggested.(I've had 4) The scar tissue build up and arthiritis is pretty painful at times. BUT my son had a bulging disc, and he had this new procedure where it was less invasive and was in the hospital just over night, not much down time. (he's a young single father) He felt GREAT the next day. But sounds like your situation is more difficult with the Drs. attitude. nothing is worse than a Dr who thinks the pain is "all in your head", good luck to you and don't let the DR intimidate you. be sure and ask any questions you have, including a referral if you need it. I have tried pain management and am getting ready to start it again. I had to do a lot of resting with hot and cold packs to reduce the swelling. I know that is hard to do with small children, Thank God I had my mom to help me then.
I am praying for you