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Pain free Stenosis

Started by Grumpybear on 05/10/2010 10:59am

I am a 74 year old male. I have been diagnosed with Cervical Spinal Stenosis. In 2006 I was in absolute agony, unable to lay down sit walk or move in any way. They did MRI's and made that diagnosis. They wanted to do back surgery but I did not want to do it if there was any alternative.I looked around and found that Chiropractors in my area were using a new machine called the DRX 9000. At the end of the treatments I was pain free. While it took the pain away it did not lessen the numbness in my left leg which left me with a limp. The numbness has progreesed into my righ leg and buttocks limiting my ability to walk and has progressed into my hand and neck. The neurologist I am seeing says that it will continue to deteriorate and unless I have surgery there is nothing he can do. I am looking for any alternative to try I would like to avoid surgery if there is an alternative. Since I am pain free I have a little time to condsider alternatives but it is getting worse daily where it now impedes my quality of life. Is there anyone else with this problem and is pain free and what have you done. Everything you read about is to relieve pain.

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Yes, I suffer from the same symptoms and was also told nothign can help but Surgery. But, there has to be a better method than Surgery to help. I have such pain somnetimes I can hardly walk, sleep or sit. I have seen numerous Drs and they all tell me the same thign-surgery but I do nto care to have surgery at thsi pint. I am 7 years and was in great helath until the Spinal Stenois started. please ,if anyone an help please do so. Thank you!

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All I can tell you is that the DRX 9000 took the pain away, but it did not cure the rest of the problems

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I too have done the DRX, but mine was on the 5000 series I believe. I was going three times a week for three months and insurance didn't cover it. I sure helped the pain, but my condition may be alittle more severe because I had to stop after I started losing control of my bladder and my pelvis shifted. Doc was great through the whole thing....but money runs out quick. And the pain does come back with a vengence.
Sorry that I can't help you on the pain free part, but I can relate to the machine..worked for a while.
Good luck to you!

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Interestingly, Medicare now picks up 80% of the cost. I too had to pay the full price.

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SNAP! Guess I jumped the gun to get better...damn. The story of my life I guess. I had to pay out of pocket for the whole damn treatment....they wouldn't break it down and bill it as different things that were covered. I think I was charged 500 bucks a treatment. AND the woman who was supposed to be submitting the claims for my "spend-down" (medicare wouldn't cover me because I was only the step-parent, but they helped with paying only after I spent an outrageous amount every month, like a deductable, but it was like 750/month) didn't do a damn thing, so I had boooooo-kooo bills because of this woman. I even had to pay doctors that medicare should have paid because I met my spend down. I did inform the doctor that she screwed me big time and after my last appointment I didn't make anymore payments on it. Never heard a word from them again...not even on credit reports. I think doc told her to call it paid. I only owed maybe $750 when I stopped paying. That doctor was the one who wanted to see my scans and mri, and who took time to show me what was wrong with me and explain it to me in layman's terms. He was a good guy and I hated to screw him for the money, but he should have had more control over his billing clerk, he could have gotten into big trouble with medicare because they were required to report ANY AND ALL money I paid out of pocket for treatment. That's why I think he never billed me for the rest of it. I would go back to him if I had the coverage AND if that woman retired. I'd try things again, just to try to be pain free, but I have a family that can't afford more of a drain on our income.

Sorry that you too had to pay out of pocket! it sure hurts the wallet!

Wendi

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Wendi

How long were you pain free before it returned. I did mine in 2006 and the pain has not returned,

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Grumpybear,

I don't remember how long it took for the pain to return. It was 2006 or maybe 2007, I can't tell you because my brain is gone! It could have been one month or six months. But I know that I had to stop before I could complete the whole regiment because I started wetting myself and doc was afraid that we caused some damage, even though the MRI I had afterwards still showed no change. I do believe that I started taking morphine the very same summer after I stopped therapy. The therapy didn't help my spine, we weren't sure if it would help, but it was worth the try. All I know is that in the past three or four years I have been in the worst pain in my entire life....and a big burden on the family. I used to be able to lay on the floor after therapy, but now I can't find that spot...it's covered in clean clothes that I haven't been able to fold and put away. I'm sorry that I can't answer your question...I just don't remember.
I am glad you are still doing good!

Wendi

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We have used the Accuspina machine in our office with much success. It is more advanced than the DRX which you had used in the past. It is difficult to say how much improvement you may obtain however as your stage of degeneration affects overall outcome. I have some patients on a maintenance schedule from which they get a lot of benefit. These patients have stage 3 degenerative disc disease, but remain pain free. I hope this helps.

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David
Thanks for your reply. I just had new cervical and Lumbar MRI's which showed continued degeneration at almost all levels of the cervical and spinal column. MY question to you is, would another round of the DRX or your machine alleviate the other symptoms, IE; Balance, walking, numbness etc;. or, could it put me back to where I was in great pain before the first treatment in 2006.

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I had numbness and tingling in my foot and up to my knee, as well as extreme sciatic pain. The numbness thing, however, was worse than the pain. I went to physical therapy and a sonogram was done on my hip in the neighborhood where the bundle of nerves come out at the base of the spine. For the first time all of the numbness and tingling was gone! It was a miracle!! Intermittently, I have the two symptoms return for a few seconds, but it is never to any degree to be of concern. I hope this might help.

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Hi, I wish there was such a thing as pain-free stenosis. I am nearly 46 yrs old, I have C-spine stenosis at 4 disc levels. i've had daily pain for the last 4 yrs. Surgery is not an option, the only thing my spinal specialist could do was give me 4 epidural steroid injections and also 4 facet joint blocks. I was painfree for a little over 2 wks but then I gradually returned to my original state at 3 wks post-injection. I was told that i have the "spine of a 70 yr old, that is not encouraging since i'm only in my 40's. I'm currently in a Chronic Pain Program at a rehab hospital. I see the pain dr, pyschologist, biofeedback, and physical therapy. I recommend this to anyone, it will help you understand the mind-body connection. I'm not painfree BUT I have more good days now than bad ones. There are days when I can get thru the day with minimal meds. I do recommend regular acupuncture treatments. Be careful when choosing an acupuncturist, i've only allowed chinese drs to do my acupuncture as I do not trust chiros who claim to be able to perform this highly specialized treatment, they can do more harm than good and usually only take a weekend crash course in acupuncture. Also regular exercise helps, even if all you can do is lay on your back and move your legs up and down, do it! sometimes I march in place during commercials because I cannot sit for more than 15 min, because of that, I cannot go to the movies anymore or I must be able to get up and walk around. Swimming is the best exercise for me. In fact, at the pain center, therapy is in a warmed pool. I am unable to perform the exercises on land but in the pool, its almost effortless. My low back pain improved with the pool therapy and I am able to continue exercising in my pool at home. I plan to continue swimming at the local gym once i'm no longer able to use my outdoor pool when the weather cools. Good Luck to you, I hope this helps you. Its so frustrating that there is no "cure".

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