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kmefz6rkkmefz6r Posts: 3
edited 11/05/2015 - 3:41 PM in Pain Medications
So I have a herniated disc at L4-L5 lower back. It haped at work doing construction July of 2014. I am 25. I did physical therapy for 4 months that did nothing for me. I been given gabapentin, meloxicam, tramadol 50mg, hydrocodone 10mg and now with my new spinal specialist he took me off all meds and gave me Tizanidine 4mg and Mobic 15mg. They don't work with the pain at all for the past 3 months I have gotten 3-4 hrs of sleep a night. My doc says he dose not believe in narcotics he thinks I should take the meds he gave me and stretch everyday. I have done 2 injections and have my 3ed one on the 12 of November. So far they have not helped at all. I don't know what to do and wold love any advice yall might have for me to get my doc to put me back on my pain medication. It was the one thing that helped me get through the day. Igot two little kids and can't play with them like I used to and if you have kids you know how bad that will make you feel. I tried to see if I can get a new doctor but my workers comp Insurance won't send me to a new doctor.

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  • continued , even after you stop attending formal physical therapy. The stretches, ergonomics, and proper bending and lifting techniques are meant to build core muscle strength over time and prevent/reduce further injury.
    Swimming also helps strengthen your core muscles, and regular excercise all work to ease pain levels.
    Perhaps some of the analgesic over the counter creams and ointments might be helpful, or the otc tens unit or heat patches as well.
    Not all doctors are comfortable giving opiates for extended periods of time , so looking into other options to help ease the pain might be very helpful.
    Having small children is hard, but we also have to make some adjustments when dealing with spine issues in our lifestyles and activities.

  • kmefz6rkkmefz6r Posts: 3
    edited 11/07/2015 - 6:04 PM
    I do the stretching the doctor told me to do everyday. II do go swimming 2 times a day in the river by my home I did read that it will help with out putting lots of stress on my back. I have been given cream to put on my back that is like icy hot but 10 times stronger. At first it helped a little but it dose nothing for me now and my doc sad there is no cream stronger I don't know the name of it any more its been 2 months since I used it I stopped using it a few weeks after it stopped working. Same goes with my TENS unit my doctor gave me..
    I have had two MRI's both came back as L4-L5 herniated. I got my injury from lifting a 150lb machine up 5 flights of stairs for the 3d time that day by myself.. So because it happened at work the Insurance company limits me on who I can and can not see.. But I took over the counter medications and nothing. I did OTC cream's, heat and cold pad's, nothing is helpful. I don't know what else to do.
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