One Herniated Disc/ Two Degenerated Discs
I am a 27 year old female. I herniated my L4-5 about six years ago now and went through everything imaginable to help the pain (epidurals, physical therapy, chiropractors, meds, etc.) which was intense across my lower back towards the right side and shooting through my buttock into my right thigh. I finally ended up seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon in December 2009 when I started losing feeling in my right outer calf and foot. He informed me that I also had two degenerated discs (above the herniation and below) that were basically completely gone. He recommended a discectomy , which I had in January 2010. About three months into my recovery I woke up very stiff and leaned forward slightly only to be hit by blinding pain. I was told that I most likely re-herniated the same disc (that is definitely what it feels like). I have been trying to cope with the pain but I am at my wits end at this point and have recently started feeling something similar to grinding in the area. I have permanent nerve damage in my right leg and foot already. My family doctor is prescribing me Norco 10/325 four times a day (which I was told is a lot) and it is just simply not working. I am afraid to ask for stronger medication because of the risk of addiction (as it is, if I don't take Norco for a while I start to feel ill) but I just can't handle it anymore. On top of it all my husband and I want to have a baby very badly and I just don't know how that will even be possible which is devastating for me. I see my family doctor on Friday 9/17. Does anyone have ANY suggestions for me? Maybe a medication or alternative treatment? After doing some research today I'm starting to think maybe a stronger medication isn't a horrible idea. Any input would be really appreciated!! Thanks for reading this, sorry it is so long!