I went to the emergency department about 5 days ago because of an intense pain on my right side from the lower vertebrae with a shooting pain down the leg now although the shooting pain is gone I stilll have problems with pain in the lower back buttock area and i've taken all the valium, vicodin, and stilll taking naproxen I can't even get an x-ray until the inflammation and pain leaves is there anything else I can do to speed this process up and is taking more naproxen than twice a day ok in my circumstance?? Can anyone tell me what this could be??
Welcome to the site! You should not take more naproxen than your doctor ordered without talking to him. Since you saw an ER doctor, you should follow up with your primary care doctor. These NSAIDS are very hard on the stomach and can cause bleeding. The maximum dose to be taken in a 24-hour period is 1100 mg. I hope your doctor will order more diagnostic testing than an xray. Obviously, something is irritating that nerve, whether it is inflammation, herniation of a disc, a bony abnormality... there are many possibilities. Yes, the testing might be uncomfortable and possibly painful at times. But, you need to get the testing done. Until your doctor knows the cause of your pain, it is difficult to treat it effectively.
This same thing happened to me. Mine was from bulging discs. You defenitely have to follow up with your primary doctor. I know how horrible the pain is. Alternating ice and heat can help and rest. Hopefully your regular doctor can give you something else for the pain because you can't take more naproxen than prescribed. Did they tell you they could not do the x ray or ct scan or were you just too uncomfortable to do it?
my guess, having lived through basically the same pain described for the better part of 12 years, is sciatica...
my personal injury required surgery, which didn't help much. I continue to see a "pain specialist" who keeps up with my condition and prescribes me meds...
should you have sciatica, I know that your lifestyle has changed drastically and will continue to change for a long time. I ended up having to "see" someone who helped me out with pacing and not doing too much, as the more I did the more pain I was in.
hopefully, this answers your question a bit and hopefully it may help you in the future a bit...
all in all, good luck because I wouldn't recommend this pain on someone I dislike.
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