I have been told I have a compressed disk in my lower back. For about four years now, I have severe pain off and on. I will go for weeks or even a few months that I feel fine but then will have several days or several weeks that I am in terrible pain. Once the pain was so bad I could not walk at all and had to call 911 and go to the ER by ambulance, where they admitted me overnight to give me pain medication by IV because none of the four or five drugs they gave me in the ER helped at all. While I do have periods when I feel fine, at other times the pain is very, very debilitating.
I saw a chiropractor briefly and the first time he adjusted me it seemed to help but the second time, immediately after the adjustment, my back went into a horrible muscle spasm. I had severe pain for several weeks and he refused to treat me anymore. I'd be afraid to go back, anyway.
I have seen a back specialist (an orthopedic surgeon) several times. He does not seem to have much to offer me. He referred me to physical therapy, which seemed to help a little but not a lot. He prescribed steroids on two different occasional and they did not seem to help at all. He gives me prescriptions for Darvocet, which help some but do not totally relieve the pain and I just hate taking them every day.
The back specialist keeps telling me I should take NSAIDS but I cannot take those because I had gastric bypass surgery 18 months ago and gastric bypass patients should not take NSAIDS. Every time he tells me to take them, I remind him about my gastric bypass surgery and he says, "Oh, well, you're kind of limited then." Like he doesn't know of anything else to suggest.
He said next time it gets really bad, he will do epidural injections if I want. However, he said they only help about half the people that get them. I guess I will give it a try, though, because I have to do something.
But aren't there other options? Has anyone tried acupuncture? Or does anyone have other ideas?