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Lumbar disc herniation and meds

Oct 23, 2013

Hi Mr Vergel! Some months ago I asked you about epidural cortisone injections. I tried them with no improvement either. I used to take Naproxen until I started Complera 12 months ago' then stopped due to possible kidney overload. Do you know of an alternative anti- inflammitory as I am considering surgery. Hope all is well in your "neck of the woods" and thank you!

Response from Mr. Vergel

Great question.

I am so sorry that you are going through that. I have had 3 back surgeries and they are not fun. Luckily, most people do OK.

I also had a few injections but they only provided temporary relief.

If you are having kidney function issues (decreases of eGFR under 60), then you should be very careful. Talk to your physician about possibly switching you away from tenofovir containing regimens if you can. Also, most physicians do not know that there are topical pain creams that can be prescribed so that you do not have to take pain meds orally.

The folks from or compound such creams and can give you more information about them.

Let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Remember: hydrate, stretch several times a day, always use your leg strength and squat instead of bending, etc

Good luck.

Best of health,


outside exercise, cold weather, low CD4 and cold

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