Hi everyone, I'm new to spine-health and am excited about finding others going through similar problems that I am. I'm a 29yr old male suffering from chronic low back pain.
I got my MRI results back and my doctor said I have a protruding disc L5/S1(4.2mm), moderate degenerative disc disease, and there were a few other things that I can't remember right now. Unfortunately I forgot to ask for a copy of the MRI results.Do you guys/gals happen to know the difference between a protruding disc and a herniated disc?
My primary doctor referred me to a spine clinic and changed my script from Hydrocodone 5/500 Q6h to Norco 10/325 Q8h. I think I did something to my back to further aggravate my condition as I seem to be having an even more difficult time controlling my pain lately. I meet with my primary doctor on November 17 and was wondering if you guys think I should ask my doctor about possibly increasing the frequency of the Norco, or if I should try a different medication altogether. I'm currently taking Norco 10/325 Q8prn, Neurontin 600mg TID, and Motrin 600mg TID. I feel like I'm too young to be on so much medication, but I'm tired of dealing with this much pain. I'm sorry if I come across as whining because I know by reading some of the posts on this forum many of you experience much higher pain levels.