Herniated my L4/L5 disc, confirmed with a recent MRI.
Was given ten days of dexamethasone by my PCP. Been the chiropractor route, had acupuncture sessions, doing core stretching exercises every day and night. I am in the process of searching for a pain doc that might prescribe hydrocodone 5/325 but until then I have some I can take. I find it works well for me. Feel a bit goosy but I can still function and am able to sit and get my work done.
I am not one to want to get hooked on any meds. In fact, I took nothing else before I hurt my back a few months ago but an OTC nasal spray for allergies. My goal is to try and live on the least amount of medication I can get away with and still have some quality of life. I fully expect to recover from my back issues and look to the medication as just a way to get there faster and with less pain.
What I'm trying is a combination of the 5/325 for pain relief and an OTC NSAID (Aleve) for the inflammation. So, I take 1/2 a 5/325 and a 220mg Aleve around 7:30AM. I then wait around three hours and take the other half of the 5/325. I find I can go most all day with some mild pain but still need to take something like a 500mg Advil around 5 to 6:00PM. It is not a perfect situation but right now i can live with it.
I'd like to hear from others who may be going this route. Does it work for you? How long have you been doing it. Any problems so far?