I am 37 years old. I have been recently diagnosed with "mild" (facet hypertrophy) arthritis in L3 through S-1 except right L5-S1 is moderate, mild disc height loss at L3-4, mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing from L-3 through S-1 .
I currently am seeing an ortho and he has me taking naproxen 500 twice a day, hydrocodone 5/325 1-2 every 6 hrs, stretching, heat, advised me to lose weight (God help me with that one!), and has given me one steroid injection in the soft tissue that has been causing me pain.
Nothing helps. The hydrocodone does if i take more than i am supposed to so what good is that when I don't have it later? The ortho said he wants me to get off of it, gave me a script for 80 and said make it last! lol Yeah right!
The stretches hurt, but I am doing them with high hopes.
My ortho will most likely refer me to pain management for the epidural steroids and maybe they will help me. I hope so. I know there are steps, but I am not sure what those steps are going to be. i am hoping that they wont leave me in pain just because they don't want to prescribe narcotics.
What did you have to go through to get to a good pain management plan, or at least to where you are now?
L3-4 disc height loss, L3-4 L4-5 L5-S1 mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing and mild-moderate facet hypertrophy. Sciatica on right side.