Sorry for lack of follow up to everyone's replies. Two ER and one urgent care visits in less than a week takes it out of you. First exposure to morphine. Not that impressed. The good thing was the urgent care doc was also a pain management specialist. So now I am on Gabapentin and a medrol pack which certainly helped!
Spine doc this Monday is referring me to his pain management doc for an epidural. But that will be one to two weeks away and as the medrol runs out I get worried I will have another attack like after the first ER visit when the prednisone tapered off. Pain and fear, a horrible combination.
Bonus is learning that some ER docs are just about useless. Next time I will drag butt to that urgent care. It may be run down but they seem to care and are willing to do something (even if they cannot prescribe narcotics).