In Sep 08 I herniated at the L5/S1 level and MRI also confirmed a pars defect - grade 1 spondy. They put me on Mobic (15mg), Neurontin (600mg) - daily. They also gave me Valium and Tramadol (when needed). The meds have helped bring the pain to somewhat of a managable level and I have been able to get completly off the valium. I was taking that to help with muscle spasms in buttocks area when going from sitting to standing position. I have been offered a L5/S1 Fusion after seeing a NS and OS, but the OS says I should avoid surgery as long as possible. That said, how long should I take the meds? When do I say - okay surgery is the way-ahead. I am worried about the side effects of long-term use of NSAIDs and their link to heart attacks.
Has anyone out there been given a timeframe by their docs with regard to med use. Very much appreciate any advice.
All the best, Mike