U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
West Chester, OH
A 46-year-old female asked:

Waiting 3 weeks til alif on s1-l4. back pain ok on vicodin; numbness, tingling, cold feet, etc horrible at times. anything to do to help until surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
Nauropathic pain: These are all symptoms of neuropathic pain (pain arising from a damaged nerve). Specific medications such as gabapentin, pre-gabalin etc are very helpful.
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
Provided original answer
Spinal cord stimulator is an excellent choice for pain after surgery for a long term relief. Some insurances may not cover it though.
May 31, 2013
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Consider ESI: Call you doc and see if you can get an epidural steroid injection. This can stifle the symptoms until surgery and minimize your need for nsaids (which you cannot take due to bleeding complications prior to surgery) and narcotics. Ice/heat fine, but don't use rubs or patches as they may cause skin reaction necessitating surgery to be canceled.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jan 13, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.