I have had off and on back pain for 10 years. I am a 38 year old fit male. The pain got very bad two years ago to the point that I couldn't walk at times so I went to the doctor about it. After several doctors/surgeons/mri's I have been diagnosed with DDD primarily. One other thing too that I can't spell or remember. Currently I am taking norco 10-350 3-4 times a day and soma 3-4 times a day. I have been on this regimen for about two months. I just finished 6 weeks of physical therapy. The pain is so bad tonight that I can't sleep and have taken two norco's, two somas, two bayer's and have an ice back on it. The pain is manageable now and I will go to bed shortly.
I have been told to avoid back surgery by doctors and friends. My current Dr. says that I can stay on this type of "conservative treatment" for years if need be.
I am going for acupuncture this week to see if that helps.
Does anyone have any experience with using pain meds for long periods of time? Should I be avoiding surgery at this young age and relying on meds instead?