Hi Matt, I am nini/Kathy, I say go straight to a Pm doctor, sadly that could get costly unless the guardian angels shine on you and you get a good one right off the bench, since you are an athlete, thought I would use that term, lol. I am sorry, I am not making fun or being silly, but I think maybe you can us a little lightening up. Believe me, I know all to well the importance of getting the right doctor.
I have not much use for neurosurgeons, they tend to have god complexes. Of course alot of pm doctors are getting that same complex, as they know all to well how much they are needed. Have you had an MRI? If not, and again, I realize the expense involved with them, but it could be helpful for a good diagnosis. So, I still recommend a pm doctor, do stay away from the "block jocks" they are very expensive and usually do not give meds if there main thing is "blocks, of any kind, faucet, epidurals, etc.", of course I am sure there are exceptions.
Good luck to you, and I would look at all the responses you have gotten and will get, weigh in on them and choose the one you feel best would do you good and suit your needs.
Again, good luck, take care,
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson