So I will start out by giving like a timeline, and then ask my question.
Ok, so last October (2012) I had an epidural injection, due in part to the fact that I had been suffering from chronic pain for what at that time had been about 4 years. And since then (about a year) a gained much mobility back and because of this was able to loss 60lbs and currently way 204lbs. I was also able to get in much better shape physically, like I was before everything, and was happy enough. However, after working a poor labor job for a few months I noticed that little by little my symptoms had started re-emerging and now it is pretty much back.
Because of this I had another epidural injection done today Nov. 22, but am still feeling very uncomfortable. Specifically I now have numbness in my glutes (butt) as well as very low back, and a strange itching and burning sensation, not to mention the ever present pain down my left leg. Now the thing that's got me frustrated is that due to prolonged use of vicodin and ibuprofen I was made aware just a few weeks back that I have gastritis because I took these drugs that were given to me without my knowledge of such side effects and have utterly screwed my stomach causing daily nausea. And the best part is that even though my doctors know this, they refuse to give me anything other than vicodin or tramadol with excuses like 'I'm too young', and 'it would be a shame for someone so young to become addicted'.
And I mean this really upsets me because I'm just kind of feeling like my doctors have failed me at this point, and being that I'm so young it is quite disheartening. I don't know, I just really don't understand the logic behind such reasoning when as soon as I had relief I promptly stopped the pain meds and got to exercising again and strengthening my back and core. I mean they have seen how I dropped weight in order to feel better and get healthy and they have seen how I stopped requesting pain meds after my last epidural (2012) when I felt better. But yet these hypocrite doctors continue to go about my treatment totally apathetic to my suffering and the circumstances surrounding it.
In so far as the meds are concerned I guess what my original question was going to be was if there was any medication I could request that is as strong or stronger than vicodin, without having acetaminophen or ibuprofen and if so what are they??
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
**Also a little background into my back is that I have disc bulges at L2-L3, L4-L5, disc herniation at L5-S1 and another bulge back at T2-T3 (thoracic). I also have what was described to me by my doctor as beginning stage of arthritis in the lumbar area where most of my disc are pretty bad.