Still having pain. His Dr. Prescribed Norflex to be taken along with the hydrcodone when it doesn't stop the pain. Should this work? He is 85 & doesn't want any surgery. He recovered so slowly from gallbladder surgery last year.
Hi, Debbie Ray,
No, Norflex isn't working if he is still having pain. I had spinal stenosis and I feel for him. It is horribly painful - unrelenting, constant pain. Like him, I was not a good surgical candidate. His doctor should just give him more Vicodin to take with crackers AND prescribe physical therapy WITH traction to get that disc back into alignment and off the spinal nerve. That is what worked for me. The traction does not hurt, it feels good! Don't worry about addiction, pain is pain and entirely subjective. His doctor could also give him Percocet instead of Vicodin until he can get through traction. Hopefully with the addition of more pain pills per day, he might need someone to drive for him and make sure he doesn't get dizzy and fall. A hot pad on the spinal area will help - 20 minutes on, off for 20 minutes, then back on, etc.
Good luck, I've been there and the pain was pure hell.
All the best,
Its horrible the way us seniors are treated. I hydrocodone is good for about 6 hrs and may not even be strong enough for him. I can't see a reason why someone his age has to suffer. Does he see a pain dr? They have to be careful with dosage with his age but there is no reason he shouldn't have an extended release tablet. Its how you treat chronic pain. They even have a long acting hydrocodone now, zohydro The muscle relaxer might help but again, not enough.
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