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Scoiliosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis

dcloepalmddcloepalm Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Chronic Pain
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.



  • The test results you have and the pain experience lead to the need to have something done that will not put you out of commission for any more than a day or so.

    Have you discussed a discectomy, foramanectomy, or lamenectomy with your Ortho Doc? These are quick and most are day surgeries. The treatment could alleviate those leg pain problems and allow you a bit more capacity in your daily activities.

    I really hesitate to make this last statement, but I feel I must. At your age and your husbands older age with dependency on you, it may be time to have someone come assist you both. Your life of work as a Nurse has obviously worn on you and now you have the beginnings of the issues you spent your life helping others get through.

    Perhaps it is your turn, and your time, to get the care you gave for yourself.

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