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What is the treatment for pain relief after a discectomy?

Hi.. My son a 25 year old Brazilian Ju Jitsui grappler who competes internationally & teaches on a full time basis in Toronto. He had been competing heavily in New York & Chicago in August 2013 & must have injured his lower spine at that time, requiring surgery known as a discotomy of the L 4/5. I believe the surgeon was very good but for whatever reason ... & quite possibly Thomas prematurely doing too much activity, has been in great pain for most of the last 9 months. He has taken a great deal of pain medication (Toradol, Tylenoly ES, Gabapentin an anti-inflamatory drug) which we are concerned about & also has had ablation of the nerves two times plus multiple cortisone injections. The pain remains unbearable when medication is decreased. Surgery for a fussion of affected vertabrae has been suggested but my son does not want to accept that option. Any suggestions for treatment for pain relef to allow my son to get back to his career & life.
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
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Hi,

You are having persistent pain that failed to respond with routine analgesics.

You can try analgesics like Tramadol or Gabapentin which are quite effective for chronic pain.

If the pain persists, you can consult neurologist and get evaluated.

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