Pain medications have been quite the hot button issue over the past year. There has been severe backlash from the years of over prescription.. There are scores of people that are addicted to them and countless lives ruined as a result. They have a place. All medications have a time and a place. In the case of pain meds they are a temporary bridge as part of pain management. They are not a long term solution, especially in the case of bulging/ herniated discs, sciatica and stenosis. If you’re serious about wanting to avoid pain meds and find a long-term solution, consider spinal decompression.