I am a 75-year-old retired RN. Multiple diagnosis listed above have been confirmed with X-ray, MRI and EMG. Degenerated discs are present throughout the spine. and there are broad-based disc bulges at several levels. I have now lost three inches in height. No subluxation or fractures were noted.
I have chronic lumbar pain which runs down the right thigh and is worse on the anterior side. There is numbness in both feet. I have been aware of problems for several years and have had PT, acupuncture, water exercise and until recently, did a fair amount of walking. I cannot tolerate NSAIDs (extreme fluid retention and increased B/P) For some months I have been taking Norco 5-325. It started out PRN but lately had to increase. I now take tid with 1/2 tab between doses for a total of 4 1/2 tabs per 24 hrs.
Anybody out there with suggestions? I'm the caretaker for my 81-year-old husband with multiple health problems. He can no longer drive, so I must be careful with narcotics, since I have to do all the driving. I don't know how much I can push the pain medication and still be safe behind the wheel.
Thank you from Kansas City.