... disk in my L4 & tear in my L5. They also diagnosed me w/ Osteoarthritis & Degenerative Disk Disease. I am a Veteran so I use the VA & they send me low dose Vicodin & Baclofen, but it seems like this isn't curbing the pain properly. I have tried injections & they haven't seemed to help either. What should be my next step??
Hello Alevy8. You haven't stated if you have had any surgeries, such as bone fusion or a lami in the lumbar. Are you restricted to just the VA? Sounds like a lot of back trauma to be on just vicodin & baclofen. Can you get a referral to nerosurgeon (a good one). I had a lot a trauma to my lumbar, herniated disk L4-L5 and bulging disk L3 down to S1-2, after auto accident. Physical therapy and epidural injections did not help me either. If your not interested in back surgeries, which I can certainly understand, after my ordeal, perhaps a referral to pain management doctor, depending on which state your in, as it is becoming more and more controversial, depending on state laws. I receive treaments and surgery in GA, then was ultimately referred to pain management in GA where the laws thus far recognize the need, and separate addiction from dependency, after surgeries did not work. With a little more information, maybe some one on this site could help you more in respect to VA and can make better suggestions for you. So sorry to hear of your problems, you will find support here and a lot of useful suggestions and help. Best wishes to you in finding the help you need.
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