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Hyaluronic Acid & Long-Term Pain Meds


Has anyone had luck with using hyaluronic acid for bulging / herniated discs? I suffer from waxing and waning sciatic pain which alternates in right to left buttocks/legs. MRI shows only mild disc bulge in L4/L5 and mild spinal stenosis. Xrays are all ok. Spinal physician says I'm not a candidate for surgery. Glucosamine didn't make a difference for me -- I've heard that won't really impact the vertebral discs anyway because it's different than the cartilage in your knees for example.

I only use naproxen during flare ups and when it gets very bad (couple times a year) I use Vicodin from my general doc - but I've read there are better non-narcotic pain meds for nerve pain than Vicodin. I'm wondering if anyone has had success taking other meds for long-term pain management? Would a pain-management doctor be better to consult than my GP doc? My goal is to try to see if I can be pain free for 6 months (seems impossible)....

Thanks for any advice,


  • i have done well with nucynta er 150mg, but it is a narcotic, also i take gabapentin 300mg, 4 times a day, and celebrex. dont get me wrong, if i miss something, or do not do my stretches, i can tell, it is the number of things that i do, like also sleeping with 2 pillows under my knees, if i am on my back, or 1 pillow in between my legs if on my side. also i try to drink plenty of water, these might sound silly to some people, but they have helped me quite a bit. good luck to you.
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