... have been in and out of the ER so many times I have lost count. I was unable to afford medical insurance so the ER was my only choice. Anyway, last time I was seen there I finally got a Dr to do something other than prescribe pills. He ordered a CT scan which showed that I have a herniated disc at L4-L5 also something less severe at L5-S1. The doctor advised me that I should have an MRI asap as well as possibly contact a neurosurgeon. I have a primary care physician now and she only sends me to PT and basically refills my pills. She told me that an MRI will not show anything more significant than the CT scan. Is this true? Or is she just putting me off? My back is not getting better..only some days are better than others. Thanks in advance!