is there any way for me to get better pain reileaf that my docter will agree to? (he says i can try surgery but ime only 23 yrs old and he dousent like the idea}
I have degenarative joint disease and a bulging disc between L4/L5 in my back and on pecocet 10 ml?
Added 29 Feb 2012:
i also have no esurence and no money for things like therapy trying to get ensurence though and need better pain relieaf for the time bieng ive been on the percocet for 4 years and there starting to not work so well.........thanks for the suggestions and god bless.
I recommend physical therapy to learn exercises that will help you stablilize the spine and improve muscle tone. I have lived with a bulging disc in the same location for many many years, but have never had to have surgery as I learned how to care for it non invasively. At your age, exercises of the right type should work very well.
Hi, i agree with Laurie, physio' was really helpful when i first injured my back. I also have prolapsed disc/s. I also found heat therapy really good, such as adhesive heat pads which can be applied directly over the area which is painful. Another idea, is to try a TENS machine. It would be good to try some of these natural 'remedies' before getting started on prescription painkillers.
It sounds like your Dr. has you on a fairly strong painkiller already.The only thing stronger is Methadone or Fentanyl.There is also the option of injections wich are 50-50 chance.I see a pain management dr. and recieve the injections and methhadone 10mg 4x's a day.I injured my back at 18 yrs old I had 3 or 4 bulging discs then and over time a few have ruptured.So I know how ya feel friend.Its not any fun being dependent upon pain meds.I hope that you find a good way to help manage the pain.Best of luck to ya. Clay
Surgery of this kind should be a last ditch effort. Try everything you can before you resort to surgery. PT (physical therapy) to strengthen your core is a good bet at your age. You are very young and have a long time ahead of you. If you get yourself hooked on strong pain meds now, you are going to be in big trouble later. Try epidurals, try facet joint injections, try RFA's (radiofrequency ablations), try massage, heat, TENS-anything non invasive or low invasive. The truly best thing at your age (and any age really) is to strengthen your core muscles. Try to take the Percocet only when you absolutely have to and try to get off it when you can! With a chronic condition like you have, and at your age, if you start getting dependent on opioids now, you could be facing a long life of opiate abuse and dependency. Do NOT go the methadone route either-that is another last ditch effort. Once you are on Methadone it is VERY difficult to get off it. You might actually be better served with a muscle relaxant and an anti-inflammatory.
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