Stop the Surgical Hype!
I am tired of doctors telling everyone they need surgery! Why do people fall for this so easily? I don't care that with today's technology we do have a lot of surgical options. Why in the world would you volunteer for surgery when there are so many other less invasive options?
I am only 52 yrs old, have 4 bulging discs + 1 torn disc in Lumbar, and we never even did an MRI of the rest of the spine, although xrays revealed moderate to severe OA in entire spine+ neck + hips + hands, along with narrowing of spinal canal and nerve pinching/sciatica. I am determined to fight this without a needle to the spine or surgery, so I am seeing a pain mgmt specialist who has me on Tramadol and Zyflamend. Tramadol is a low grade RX pain reliever which seems to work quite well, and the Zyflamend is an herbal anti-inflammatory. I had also tried Limbrel, an RX food product which targets arthritis but I had a reaction to it so had to stop that one. I also read as much as I can about natural anti-inflammatories like black cherry juice, celery seed, turmeric and more. Plus I bought a portable TENS unit, a memory foam mattress(love it), a lumbar/pregnancy/candy cane shaped pillow (no I'm not pregnant and it works wonders for the lower back), and I use moist heat therapy when I've overdone things that day.
So the point in my rambling on in this post is this..... stop thinking that surgery is the best option! It is NOT in most cases. One must remember that surgeons are in business to make money too, and the human body is made to heal itself whenever possible. Readjust your daily activities and lifestyle, try some alternative treatments before opting for the knife! Going under the knife is invasive & dangerous with a risk of infection and a risk of being paralyzed even with only a spinal injection. Even with the damage I have in my spine and other joints, I am living life without surgery, at least for now.