I am 69, pushing 70.
I have stenosis some disk deterioration and serious Radiculopathy. Pain in my legs, buttocks, both sides and most all of the time, lying down, sitting down and standing.
Have had epidurals, physical therapy, tens, and have done okay until just recently. I just believed in pushing through the pain until I just couldn't do it anymore. I can't take NSAIDS because of kidney function issues. So I have been taking tylenol 2000 or 3000 mg a day.
I have seen only my family doc and the pain doc who does nothing but give shots period. Not discussing other options etc. So after two epidurals and the pain got worse I decided to take matters into my own hands. I have an appointment at the Spine Center at the University of Iowa on February 20th. I had to wait 6 weeks to get in but I believe it will be worth it. It is with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spines.
Meanwhile last week for what I bleieve is the first time in my life I went to my family doc and said give me something stronger for this pain I can't tough it out anymore. So he gave me a steroids pack and vicodin 5/325.
So I am able to be mobile again and even have had a lot more energy than I did (due to the steroids?) but I still have shooting pains down my legs especially when lying down.
So I am writing here for support because I have no questions yet. I have been using a cane, otherwise most people would not know that I am in pain and I am sick to death of well meaning people asking have I been to a chiropractor (not in my life would I do that) or tried acupuncture ( I might but not right now.