Welcome to the Forum, and sorry to hear your having pain, form the sounds of your MRI I think you have a reason to be having some pain. It does sound like your lower back is aging, and none to gracefully either! PT should help, but it will take time, and your pain will probably not disappear over night, the PT traction will try to stretch you out a little and take the pressure off the nerves, that may very well help you allot. The prednisone he has you on is a steriod and it is an anti-inflammatory agent, it usually takes a little while for it to work, and of course the Lortab is for the pain ( that is Vicodin) Which is a combination of Hydrocodone bitartrate an opioid analgesic and acetaminophen (tylenol). What strength is your lortabs? they vary in strength in both of the mediacations. Usually if given in the proper strength it is very effective in relieving pain, but often only for short periods of time.
Did you talk with you doctor about the medication not relieving you pain? How long have you been having pain? Is it more or less just recently or have you been suffering for a long time? Usually Doctors like to start off conservatinely, light pain meds, anti-inflammatories, and PT, then onto the steriod injections, allot of people get very good long lasting pain relief from the steriod injections, surgery is usually always left as a last resort, and then only if it is felt that it will help, often if the pain is on going you might be referred to a Pain Specialist or a Pain Clinic. Unless your Doctor chooses to treat you him/her self!
I am sorry that you have a reason to need to post here, but I am glad you found us, we do understand what you are going through, and we can't give you any medical advice, ( we are not doctors) but we do care about you! and will will listen and give you warm compassionate support!
Again Welcome to the Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum!
Good Luck to You
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV