I have pain in my lower back and right leg pain from a fall I had 4 months ago. I was DX'd with L4-5 disk rupture and severe arthritis. The fall set all the pain in action.
I did 6 days in the Hospital and have been on Norco every since. My question is: The pain is slowly creeping up on my pain scale in the last month and I'm afraid to get a stronger med. I'm allergic to aspirin,motrin, all the NSAIDS. these would really help me but I get bronchial spasms when I take them.
I've been to the ER a few times for severe pain and have got the drug seeker attitude from the staff of a local hospital. I guess if you are going to the ER for pain relief, then, I would be seeking drugs : ) Anyone let me know if I am confused here. I wanted to pull a Rambo on them after their lecture that night but I made it out in time before snapping!!! : (
Surgery is probably a fair future but my Doc wants to see if time will get me to adjust to the injury and see if the risk of surgery is needed.
My Doc is pro everything first before surgery. Good I guess??
Do I ask for something stronger for the pain?
Muscles relaxers, ultram, creams, and tylenol has no real effect. Exercise, heating pads, cold pads, massage therapy and acupunture which helped a little, has all really been a futile responce to the pain.
Sciatica block and a steroid injection has been suggested by other readers but also been dis-advised by others??
I feel like I'm at the end of the road with pain management except for increasing the narcotics and consider the risk of surgery!! I'm not expecting pain removal just main management!
The doc prescribes me 100 Norco's a month and I run out 10 days before the 30 days is up!! I can't even take out the trash without needing to sit down and rest my back.
As far as surgery, caging the L4-5 and or doing a new procedure of replacing the disk with a stainless prostesis is my next option.
The drug seeker : )