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Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: July 11, 2016 03:38PM
Back in mid-December, I posted about my bad back. I'd thought I'd follow up, especially for MFR's with bad backs.

A little background. Around 2007 or so, I was diagnosed with several herniated disks, which produced a great amount of constant pain in my lower right back. Did all the required steroid shots, physical therapy, but nothing helped and I just lived with the pain. Also, I've had neck pain that developed in the early 1990s, which when it flairs up, produces pain not only the neck, but in the temples and behind the eyes.

In early December of last year, I strained my back on the left side. At that point, I really wondered how I was going to continue to work.

I decided to give a local chiropractor a chance. On the positive side, he relieved the new pain on the left side and my constant neck pain has been reduced from an 7 to 1 and I haven't had any flair ups in 6 months!

But, in terms of my lower right back, he hasn't been able to help it and in fact in seems to be getting worse.

My take on the chiropractor is that in fixing my neck and my lower left back, seeing him was a good choice, but now it is time to seek medical help for my lower right back.

I'm off to see my GP tomorrow, and my plan is to A) Push for some type of pain relief. I've declined his offers in the past, but I need something to help me function at work. B) Ask for a catscan or MRI--whichever is appropriate-- and find out what is the root cause of my pain. C) be referred to a back specialist, who will do surgery if needed, or at least offer an aggressive treatment beyond the steroid shots, which seemed to be the only treatment the last specialist seemed capable of offering.

I really had high hopes that the chiropractor could help the lower right back, and of course I'm a bit disappointed that wasn't the case. With that being said, my current state of pain has given me the impetus to push really hard for a solution beyond steroid shots which proved worthless in the past.



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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 11, 2016 04:01PM
Thanks for the update and good luck.



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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 11, 2016 05:08PM
I occasionally see an MD who's entire practice is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and, have had spectacularly good results with various issues I've had.
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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: DP
Date: July 11, 2016 05:08PM
I have 3 herniated disks, 2 vertebrae with no disk, bone spurs (albeit very small pieces), two vertebra offset front-to-back, and arthritis... Am going for a consult to discuss options but for now I have hydrocodone and I just keep moving. Waking up and getting out of bed after the night's medication wears off reminds me I'm not a kid anymore!
I'm there with ya, Grumpy. I can understand your user name!







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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 11, 2016 05:32PM
Mother F'n Rejects? smiley-shocked003

Thanks for the update, and I hope you can find relief. I try to avoid painkillers of any kind, but sometimes you have to get some help for the hurting.

My fear is to end up like one of my childhood friends who I just happened to talk to today. He was discussing all the pain killers he takes, and is aware that he's getting addicted to them. He gets them from his new doc, as his old doctor was investigated for writing too many PK 'scripts and has now been barred from writing ANY prescriptions (his practice is now closed).

He also buys them off the street. PK abuse around my neck of the woods are at an epidemic level.

Too big of a monkey to be on my back. Be aware of their power.



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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: July 11, 2016 05:38PM
Here's my adventure into back surgery. I'll post a little follow up in a bit, right now I'm fighting some sorta
infection. I so bad yesterday my wife wanted to take to the ER, I refused and went to my GP today.

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Looks like I'm going to have back surgery, double fusion.
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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 11, 2016 05:56PM
I would try acupuncture.
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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 11, 2016 07:03PM
I have said this before on the forum, definitely avoid surgery until you really can't move. and even then don't do it right away. until, that is, you have exhausted all non-invasive options. not including pharma in this category.

you need to find - and it may not be easy, depending on area - a good LMT that practices myofascial release or similar. I see someone nearly 20 years after hurting my back. I would be laid up still, I believe, if that person did not treat me after an injury.

you must massage the muscles around the injured area. this is not my field, at all, but I have been through enough to know that if you just fix the bone without dealing with the musculature, the pain will not completely subside.

really, do this, even if you pay for it out of pocket, as you will probably have to. twice per month at a minimum.
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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: July 11, 2016 08:16PM
Thanks for the feedback



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Re: Follow up on bad back
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 12, 2016 08:47AM
I haven't needed any type of surgery but I have suffered with lower right back/buttock area pain for years. At first I was told it could be sciatica but it was a vertical pain that unlike sciatica did not radiate down the whole leg. It got so painful at times I had trouble walking and felt like the whole hip joint was rotating on sand.

The short of it was that it turned out to be my 1" thick wallet that I carry in my right rear pocket. Once removed and given a few weeks to heal, the pain started to dissipate until now I'm pain free. This may be one of those oversimplified remedies that you may scoff at (I did), but posture, personal accessories and shoes can make a huge difference in how we feel.

This suggestion may not relate to helping your herniated disks but any reduction in pain can be beneficial and keep you off the pain killers. Good luck.



- Jack D.




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