Hello all. New to this site and these forums. I know this topic has probably been touched upon before but I didn't have time to read all the threads.
Here is so background info about me. I am 24 years old. I am a nurse at an Orthopedic center. Last year I was diagnosed with DDD. I had one herniated disc at T8-T9 and various changes on an MRI. On Xray a deformity where my L5 leans and has actually formed a joint with my left hip was found as well as severe arthritis. About 6 months later developed severe lower back pain. Had a repeat MRI recently to include lumbar spine. I now have 4 herniated discs ( L4-L5, L3-L4, T6-T7, T8-T9). I have a VERY high pain tolerance (passed gallstones for 3 yrs and thought it was acid reflux, broke my humerus and didnt realize it for a week, dislocate my shoulder and pop it back into place on my own).
My current problem is that I am in a large amount of pain and want to manage it without surgery. My doctor is fairly unwilling to give me any treatment. We are going to try a 2nd (1st was done a yr ago) injection in 2 weeks. Have tried physical therapy and chiropractic help with out benefit. But other then tylenol and ibuprofen has done/ perscribed nothing for my pain. My question is, what treatments have others tried? What are other people's doctors willing to perscribe for pain? Thank in advance for your time and input!