Bulging disc and pinch nerve in lumbar(L5)
short-term hot pack supportive lumbar rolls While lying flat on back
Longer-term cold pack supportive lumbar rolls While lying flat on back
Stay hydrated for discs and to prevent constipation.
Doing clench/relax abdominal muscle exercises while on my back helps my spine and promotes bowel health. If you have constipation, it magnifies any lumbar and sacral pain experience.
As for drugs: don't get started on that road if You, after an honest self evaluation, feel any of your pain is an emotional need.
If you are only having physical pain, there are any number of narcotics that might help but, start with a low dose. Stay with the lowest dose that allows you to get back to mobility and health; get moving and you will probably get a healthier back pain resolution that is totally within your control.
Prednisone is the only drug that I've gotten total pain relief from. I have arthritis and trauma/disease-related C-L spinal spurs with periodic nerve pinch. Long term prednisone is damaging on the body.
Sadly, from my understanding and research, nothing is as effective as Prednisone... =( But! The next best thing is a reducing the overall inflammation in your body by switching to an anti-inflammatory paleo-immune diet. Much of the inflammation in our body (including the results of the bulging disc) can be controlled through diet. If we don't eat inflammatory food, the overall body inflammation goes down. If the inflammation goes down, the pain does as well. Worth a shot. Prednisone can be some nasty stuff!
Prednisone drives me up the wall - I feel like I'm on a speedway and
have no control to stop the car. It's nasty stuff.
I have c-4 and c-5 fusion *born with it,* and L5-S1 Spondylolosthesis.
I take two Aleve pills in the morning. During the day, if my spine
really acts up I take two PERCOGESIC, a generic available from the
drug store - over the counter. There are other exercises that can be
done - for instance, lying face up across your bed - allow your head
and neck hang over the mattress - and lay there for several minutes.
Repeat as many times as you want to. You will get some relief from
the pressure of the bulging disc and pinched nerves. Sleep with
a pillow with a low portion/and high portion for the neck - adjust to
one or the other for the best comfort. Try to use a treadmill each day,
doing only as much as you can stand. Then increase the next day.
This will help your feet, legs, hips, lumbar region all the way up the
spine. Use Icy Hot Gel for relief from pain. Good luck and God bless
naturalitis; Yes I pretty much agree with all the answers here, And prednisone is really the drug of choice there really is not anything that would work anything like it, And prednisone is really not good to stay on long term for anyone. This is something you well have to go over with your doctor and see what it looks like for you down the road a way. You really don't want to get stuck on prednisone for long term or you well end up with all kinds of problems. I don't know what else you are taking if anything but maybe between that anti inflammatory diet, And if the doctor well okay you to take one of the oral ones to help get the inflammation out of your back and see if this well help give you more relief. Have you ever though of a consult with a acupuncturist any thing is worth a try Good luck to you wish we could be of more help. Chuck1957
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
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