I'm 32 years old and am in the process of getting a correct diagnosis. I have had episodes on and off for the past 10 years or so, the current one has lasted about 6 months. I trained horses for most of my childhood from age 8 to 18 and had many falls, one resulting in a broken hip that was not identified right away and healed improperly. As a result, I have 25% degeneration in my L1 through L5 and 75% degeneration in my L5-S1. I have bulging in my L2-L3; L3-L4 (with protrusion) and L4-L5 with a slight bulge in L5-S1. This was all identified from a CT scan, which I understand is not ideal and may not be showing the whole story.
I'm taking 1,000mg Naproxen a day and 10mg flexeriol at night. I am scheduled to see a nuero in 6 weeks and to start PT in a week. I have a 1 year old, so not lifting anything is not an option. I also take oxycodone-apap 5-500mg. I am still in a lot of pain and find it difficult to sleep comfortably (which is why I'm posting this at 11:30PM!)
My chiropractor says to use ice, my primary says to use heat. I don't find that either gives much relief beyond 30 minutes or so.
Any suggestions for pain relief from DDD?