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lower back pain
hello I was just wondering if it was normal to have extremly bad lower back pain due to spinal stenosis? It seems to hurt the worst when I walk or sit on the floor for more than 5 minutes. The pain is almost unbarable even with percocet 10/325 in my system. The pain meds seem to wear off about an 2 hours after I take them. I just want to know if the pain i am experiencing is normal for my condition. Thanks
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Pain is subjective and nobody can tell you what's normal.

The fact the meds only work for 2 hours is very strange though. Are you saying 2 hours after you take them they're no longer working at all period? I find that very hard to believe based on my experience. I'm someone that usually has meds wear out after about 3-4 hours max and nerve blocks during surgery that normally go 24 hours make it maybe 6 hours with me. And I used to take 120+ mg of percocet at a time on top of long-acting meds every few hours to control pain for years.
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Yes two hours seems to be the normal amount of time untill the pain meds wear off however sometimes they last longer than that. Sometimes around 3-4 hours. The pain comes back pretty quick but not full force until around 3-4 hours or so. I have a pain appointment coming up in a month so I will hopfully get some answers then but I just wanted to know someone elses take on the pain. I just hope the pain DR doesnt take me off the percs cause there the only thing thats helping me get out of bed.  Thank you for responding and I hope you arent in much pain.
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623823_tn?1357420257
in lumbar stenosis, pain could be one of your symptoms. anyways why you dont send us the MRI image of stenosis
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