I have bulging discs with stenosis in the lumbar region too. It is very painful. I agree that surgery must be the last resort. Many people get help from surgery, but many do not. Scar tissue will form. That is guaranteed with surgery. That will only add to your problems. Many people live with them. You just accept that you are now limited in what you can do. I live on pain meds, for sure. They take the edge off, not much above that. But Ic an function most days.
I went to pt and it made me worse. The injections help some. They didn't help me, but you should find a pain clinic and give it a go, if you can afford it. Some swear by accupuncture. I've not tried it. Probably won't. Get a good heating pad. Take lots of hot, hot baths. One more thing. Lidocaine patches are a help too. They help numb the area. They are big patches that you can cut up if you want to. You can use up to 3 at a time for 12 hrs.
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
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