Mri says protruding disc. Pt, oral steroids didn't work. Pain management or spine doctor next? Md says pain management. Concerned since it's spine.

If concerned see . Both for an opinion or just start with epidural steroid injections if leg pain predominant symptom. Need to give at least 12 weeks non op care as a disc herniation can get better just with time 90 % unless you are a smoker then any treatment choice will have a reduced outcome .
Back pain. So far your treatment sounds appropriate. The specialist may also consider an epidural injection, which puts the steroid right at the sight of the disc and spinal nerve. It is relatively safe, and maybe preferable to narcotic medications, which may be addictive. Back pain can also be helped with weight loss if appropriate. Please continue to discuss all options with your doctor.