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Pain management for bulging discs

Hi everyone, 

My name is Lou and I've had chronic lower back pain for several years now. I have only recently been diagnosed with bulging discs from my L4 down. Also a diagnosis of scoliosis was made as well as bone spurs. 
I'm just wondering what the general consensus of pain management is with y'all? The pain is crippling most days, I'm having trouble walking and my bladder movement has changed. I'm just wondering what I should go to my doctor and ask for? 
I'm on a physio care plan for core strength exercises but the pain is worse than it's ever been.

How you can help.

Cheers,  Lou 



  • Welcome to Spine-Health Lou!
    Please tap the new member introductions fir some more info on the Site.

    Definitely keep Doc in the loop about any new issues esp with your esential functions!
    It may take a little bit, but the Spine-Health community will fill in some blanks on your questions!

    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
    Hi lou, and welcome :)

    Sorry to hear of your pain. We all know the struggle, believe me. 

    Aside from PT, what else are you/your doctors doing to control pain? Meds? Injections?

    I have a ruptured disc  (as of a year ago...getting new mri Saturday). My path has been...PT, meds (norco, tramadol, lyrica, meloxicam), injections, chiropractor, chronic pain psychologist, and now neurosurgeon to see about surgery. Honestly, my best relief has come from meds :/  the rest is what I do to be somewhat in compliance with doctor recommendations. The psychologist is helpful as a place to unload (instead of onto my friends, family, and any other poor soul who politely asks, "how are you?" Lol). She also helps me with practical advice and steps.

    Looking forward to learning more about you.

    Take care,
    Sara :) 
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