Re: Help and advice needed for severe disc pain
You have to give the naproxen a few days to a week or two to see if it is going to help. Anti inflammatories are commonly used to help reduce the inflammation in back pain. Injections help some times and not others, so it is really no surprise that they don't always help with the pain.
Getting a new MRI would be a good idea, since it's been two years since he had one. Especially given that his back is giving him problems more frequently. Buldging discs are common and can happen because of the position of the person when the scan is done, but it also can be indicative of a problem with the disc, depending on how much it is buldging.
If there is anything on the new MRI, ask to be seen by a board certified spine surgeon or neuro spine surgeon. They can tell you what recommendations , PT, TENS, referrals back to Pain management might be in order.
In the meantime, using ice and a heating pad, alternating 15 minutes on and then 20 minutes off, along with some of the topical stuff that is available over the counter might give a lot of relief. Don't let him sleep with either the ice or the heating pad since both can cause burns and damage to the skin.