I am a 58 years old male, sedentary lifestyel, weight of 200 lbs. 3 months ago, I began having the aforementioned pain which typically rates about 7 on a 1 to 10 scale of severity. It is often as bad at night as in the daytime.
Standard X rays have revealed nothing remarkable.
Blood flow to lower extremities is normal.
I am awaiting an MRI and hardly know what to expect. Perhaps something spinal, such as a stenosis?
In the meantime, pain management is an issue. Voltaren (10 days course) was not effective. I typically take four Tylenol 31's with 8mg. of Codeine, at a time, just to take the edge off the pain. Lately, the doctor has tried Dilaudid 2mg. One tablet every 6 hours as needed. It tends to take 4mg. to deal with the pain and I would rather not proceed any further down the road with narcotic analgesics.
Your thoughts please?