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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,