Welcome, Kara. I hope you find wisdom and understanding here at HW, because we definitely understand....I guess it's the wisdom part that is in question!! Just kidding....
First off, I would start by NOT returning to that neurosurgeon! Now, I know there isn't much of anything they can do for stenosis until you are faced with surgery or a wheel chair...but they CAN do something about
the L5-S1 nerve roots. I don't know what the blockage is, whether it is from swelling or from bone/hernia sac, but they can either do steroid injections to lessen swelling or surgery to remove the herniated disk. Find a neurosurgeon who specializes in spines, not one who dabbles in it now and again.
Unfortunately, Soma and Lortab are usually the basics of what you would be given (if anything at all), so you are lucky to have even received them. I didn't go to a pain management doctor until 7 years after the back pain started, I had gone to my regular doctor, but perhaps that is a place you may want to start...pain management doctor because I would think they would know which route to take.
Course, everyone else here may know a better road to travel, so let's let them chime in.
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.