I am starting to read these message boards again and find the information that all of you provide to be very helpful. Sometimes I don't know which "subject line" to go to first!?? I have DDD, lumbar spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis (in the spine as well) and sciatica!
The last week or so, the most intense pain I have is in my butt (both of them) and in my hamstrings (both). They feel like they are pulled tight and hurt like heck when I try to get up from a chair and when I try to walk. I am on a new pain med (Suboxone) and as the day goes on, it seems to do a good job relieving some of the pain.
I am doing minimal stretching exercises prescribed by my Pain Mgmt Dr. and PT and have been applying heat to the lumbar area.A protruding and bulging disc at L3L4 seems to be causing alot of the pain via nerve compression.
My Dr. suggested that we might do a treatment of oral steroids again, but I had a psychotic reaction the last time I took that Medrol Dosepak.
Any other ideas for non surgical treatment that you all might have...esp if you have all the diagnoses I have???