Thanks for the update...With all the inflammation..prednisone does wonders so I'm glad they put you on that..
I also hope that when you see the Ortho that they can put you on a good path to help your disc issues non surgically. Obviously that is the last resort and thankfully close to 85% of people have their issues resolved non surgically..
I just wanted to ask though as I read in your last post about your taking both the Tramadol and the Hydrocodone...In another post you said you are taking Ultracet which has acetaminophen in it...
Are these two prescribed by the same Dr.?
The reason I ask is that Tramadol is now a controlled substance in many states and when you are on an opiate like Hydrocodone....they can call you in for a random urine test...and if this was prescribed by a previous Dr...it can get you into trouble..
So...I just wanted to make sure that if a previous Dr. prescribe this that you have it IN WRITING from this new Dr. that he is ok with you taking the Tramadol as well.
Same thing with the Dr. who prescribed the Tramadol. They need to know that you are prescribed and taking the Hydrocodone..
If it's the same Dr. for all 3 meds....just make sure that he wasn't expecting you to replace the Tramadol with the Hydro and is ok with you taking them at the same time.
It's very unusual to be prescribed these two at the same time because they both have acetaminophen in them and they are both short acting pain meds....
So..just want you to be aware of all of this...
And I didn't see you mention any type of nerve pain med....This is something that many of us with herniated discs take because nerve pain is one of the primary pains with spine issues. Those meds are either Lyrica, Neurontin, or Cymbalta...
So this might be another med that can be helpful in keeping the pain lower with these issues.
No the same doctor that I have been seeing prescribed me that. I have tramadol and tylenol separately. The pharmacy on the military base doesn't cary Ultracet, so he told me to take tramadol (no tylenol) when needed and when my sciatica leg pain flares up to where the tramadol doesn't work, take the hydrocodone. They said to treat these as the same drug, so don't take them together. If I take tramadol in the morning, don't take hydrocodone (if I need it) until 4-6 hours. Thanks for bringing that to my attention though but it is from the same doctor. I only see 1 doctor (Primary Orthopedic Doctor) and he is sending me to an orthopedic surgeon. I definitely want to avoid surgery at all costs. I don't have a med for nerve pain but I would like to try one. I have more problems with nerve pain than I do with my back. It use to be the other way around. I will take with the orthopedic surgeon about
that and see what he wants to do.
Thanks for the information,