My name is Loren Landry, Im 32 and I have been suffering from lower back pain since about 2003. I first found out that I had a herniated disc in 2003 via a MRI. Which I was able to manage the pain with physical theropy for several years. About 1.5 years ago I was squating during a work out and felt what I can best describ as "grape being squished" between my disc. After several days of excruciating pain, I made it to my doctor and had a second MRI done. It showed that L4-L5 was now herniated as well and that both discs had what appeared to be a tear in the annulus.
I have had injections, nerve blocks, facet block none of which offered any relief. I also had a disc-o-gram done and were not able to duplicate the pain.
My pain is centralized around the disc itself and I have no pain, numbness down my butt or legs. Even though my MRI shows that I should have pain and numbness down my left leg due to nerve impengement on the left side of both discs. It seems to be the worst while I sit, standing for too long does the same thing. The only thing that has ever offered any relief is decompression of the disc. I get 100% relief when I hang upside down on my inversion table and the same if I do some type of traction at theropy. but this will only last for about 10 minutes then gravity seems to re-compress my discs and back to more pain.
I have been on pain meds for almost a year and a half now, oxycodone 30mg 4 times a day. they used to work great, so much that I only needed to take 3/4 of one every few hours, then I had to go up the the full 1 tab every few hours. Now, 1 tab does very little in relieving the pain even after bumping it up to 5 per day. When the meds worked I was able to get through the day with minimal pain, but now it seems as if I am immune to the oxycodone.
Does anyone have any info as to what could help me? surgery? Im only 32 and want to avoid this, but the pain seems to only be worse as each month goes by. Perhaps a different type of pain medicene?
Thank in advance!