Good morning Nicola!
Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum!
There are several members who suffer from back pain here....as I do too, after a double lumbar fusion back in 2010. I also have couple of bulging disk on my cervical spine. Usually the first thing a Dr will suggest is PT...and if that fails to give relief, then maybe injections, such as Epidurals. If those sugestions fail...then you may have a choice of either surgery, or pain med's.
One thing I will caution you on is asking for the strongest pain med's. Let your Dr suggest what type of med to be on and how much. If you still find that you are suffering from moderate to severe pain, then let him know...and he can make the adjustment. You always want to start on the lowest dose possible that matches your pain.
Again Welcome!...and Enjoy the forum!
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Weekly Quote! "Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."