Brief background. I am a 54 year old female. I am a registered nurse for 30+ years, and working the entire time.
My pain started as classic sciatica 4 1/2 years ago. I had a L5-S1 laminoforaminotomy 3 1/2 years ago, which really helped my leg symptoms, but I have been fighting low back/left glute pain ever since.
My experience with physicians is typical. Physical therapy, ad nauseum, injections, done with those, and meds.
I have Norco 10/325. I rarely take one because it only works for a couple of hours, plus the constipation that results after just one dose is really uncomfortable.
That being said, my pain is always the worst towards the end of the day, when I am less active. About a month ago, I had started taking a Norco daily at night. After a couple of weeks, I noticed that my pain during the day was worse. With nothing else changing, it had to be the Norco.
I have stopped taking it. At night when my pain is worse, I stretch, and make myself do some activity.
I would be happy if I could just sit comfortably. I really only have intolerable pain if I am forced to sit. Car rides, meetings, etc.
No doctor has been able to alleviate this one problem.
I am convinced that physicians have no clue how to treat chronic back pain. I have been told that the only option left for me is a fusion.
And no guarantees this will work.
I see patients every day who are coming in for fusion revisions, reexplorations, repeat surgeries. My research on this surgery has convinced me that fusion surgery is no more successful at treating pain than conservative measures.
So, like many on this forum, I wait for a breakthrough. And live with my pain.