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I am 62 years old and have stenosis, sciatica and a

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Hello Doctor. I am 62 years old and have stenosis, sciatica and a herniated disc. The pain from the sciatica and herniated disc is so severe I can walk one block and then I must stop for a minute or two. I have tried PT but it did not help that much. I know I am overweight and I am trying to lose weight but not succeeding since I can't exercise or lift more than 3 lbs. I take Motrin and Alleve and wear Lidocaine 5 pct patches. They are no longer as effective as before. I am afraid of epidurals and surgery. Is there any safe treatment for me these days? Should I go back to a neurologist or an orthopedist?
Thank You. Helen
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  DrRussMd replied 2 years ago.
You should go to an MD of physical medicine and rehabilitation. PM&R.
They have injections, electronic therapies, traction, meds, therapies, etc.
You need a comprehensive program or this will only get worse.
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