Hi I'm new to Spine Health. I have what they seem to call a juvenile disc problem - although I am 61 years old. I have been in pain for a year now. One epidural injection seemed to ease the pain for a week only. I am waiting for a second epidural, several appointments had to be cancelled due to various infections and even a rash (caused by using a TENS machine.
Tried acupuncture, tramadol, Gabapentin, naproxen and fentanyl (25mg) pain patches, nothing seems to work, the pain is severe most of the time and seems to be getting worse as time goes on. Has anyone had the condition this long without surgery? I really don't want the surgery as I am self employed and I worry as my business will not survive if I am out of action.
condition: juvenile disc protrusion
at L4/5 compressing L5 root.
meds: paracetemal, tramadol, Lyrica, naproxen and fentanyl 25 mg patchs