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HELP MY PAINS

Started by char622 on 05/26/2010 9:14am

my ct scan show that my lumbar 4 & 5 disc degeneration & disc prolapsed so I have to see an orthopedic . MY PAIN STARTED IN MY LOWER BACK NOW I HAVE NUMBNESS IN MY LEFT SIDE BUTT DOWN MY LEG IN 3 OF MY TOES .

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Char,

I wish I could help your pains...I wish I could make them go away, but what i can do is give you my advice.
How new is this pain and how long ago were you diagnosed? Is the orhopedic the first referal from your doctor?
The best advice I can give you hon, is to ask all the questions you have and don't settle for him jumpng in wanting to do surgery. Depending on the degeneration and the degree of prolapse you may be able to get your leg and toes back by seeing a good chiro that is willing to sit down and go over your CT scan results with you. Insurance is gonna be your money saver, so hopefully you have some. Go and read about degeneration and prolapses in this site, and different procedures that have worked to correct the prolapse. My disc looked like a worm in my MRI and with a good chiro and a machine that was glorified traction along with the cold laser and occassional adjustments, my disc is in better health. The rest of me isn't but we are talking about your prolapse.
Don't let the ortho talk you into surgery...get more than one opinion, do the Physical therapy, talk to chiro's in the area, alot of them do free first consultations, take your CT scans with you, keep copies of them. Hospitals put them on CDs anymore, so it'll be easy for them to make a copy for you.
In my personal opinion and without even seeing your CT, I think you may have an easy fix and maintain at least for a few good years. I sure hope it is. Sounds like the disc in impinging on your nerves and you just need that puppy manipulated back into it's place and it's proper space. These are just my opinions.

Let us know what you do!

Wendi

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sounds like your sciatic nerve,dont let it go for too long.there are alot of stretches if you go online that help. and nerve injections.let me know if i can be of any help.

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Hi Char, I started with the back pain like you, then I had a ruptured disc an had surgery for that. Afterward I had numbness in my left leg with numbness on the outer part and the toes. That was in January 2004. I still have it to this day. I started getting epidurls for the back pain, had 2, plus the "spinals" I had when I had my kids, that's a total of 5. Now I find out I have arachnoiditis. Avoid those so called pain shots for your back as that is a contributing factor to this spine diease. I do feel that you should be seeing a Neurologist and need an MRI. If your spine is just misalined a chyropractor is ok, but not if you have more serious spine problems. I went through that and was in more pain than before I went. That was me though, and I really can't compare me to you without knowing more about your pain and tests you've had. Have you had epidurls? Avoid surgery at all costs if you can. Every time you have a back surgery or shots etc... you build up scar tissue. Let me know if I was of any help. I do hope your pain is of a minor condition and not like mine. Take care my friend, Jan

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hi wendi i take ur advice which is gd i saw my chiro about 3 times already i put down the walker now i use the cain at sometimes i still have the numbness but not as much as it was i use cold packs every 2 hours for 15 to 20 mins a day the next thing i have to do is to lose some pounds u want to gave me a tip on that pls let me know

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Thanks 4 viewing my other response. I still think you need 2 b seeing a Neurologist. All that pain is from discs pushing on your spinal cord and a ortho may want 2 do surgery again and that causes more scar tissue 2 form which can cause pressure on your spine 2 create more pain and other problems. Be sure u don't have Arachnoiditis. The dr. also call it failed back syndrome, and deteriated joint disease. I wish you the very best. Please do your homework before any surgery. I wish I had. Good luck my friend, Jan

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You may want to check out the Trekke Lumbar Lift. It is just being launched but I have used it in tests for over a year and it has done wonders for my chronic low back pain. There is a great testimonial on the website,www.trekkelumbarlift.com about a gal that had three compression fractured vertabrae, went through two months of physio and was still bed ridden with pain. The day she was fitted with a Trekke she was able to get up, go walking and get on with her life in a pain free environment.

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Hakonson,

I understand how the Trekke Lift works, but what about those of us who have stenosis and Spondylolithesis? I worry about anything lifting on my back at all because of the broken facet joints and the fact that I know I'm shrinking which to me means that I'm slipping forward more. I know that I was told not to even think about an inversion bed, which of course was a great idea to me and made sense, but since given that advice, I am leary about doing anything with my back before consulting my doctor. I slipped more without using anything these past 4 years, why would I use something that is really gonna mess with my spine and may even cause bone to shift the wrong way?
I'm not trying to sound evil and a real bitch, but I'm leary about self-help products especially if you don't get the okay by your doctor first. If something goes wrong, you could lose the ability to walk or even be paralyzed and it may not be fixable afterwards. If we were talking about a product that heated or cooled it would be different, but something that actually lifts your spine and you are in control of it scares me. Just my opinion, nothing against you at all. I'm glad it works for you and I'm kinda jealous that you have something that can work for you!

Just my opinions,

Wendi

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Hi Wendiann24
I understand your concerns and agree that you should consult your doctor, that said, the Trekke Lumbar Lift only delivers about the same amount of "unloading" as you get when you lay down and unload your upper torso weight from your spine. The device does not create "traction" i.e., negative pressure in the intervertabral spaces such as what happens during traditional traction or with inversion tables etc.

The closest comparison to the effects and modality of treatment to Trekke would be aqua therapy, but without the need to be in the water. Also, since the device is "user determined" you can adjust the amount of unloading to get relief and wear it for as long or short a period as you like. The upsides are that it is non-invasive, it is not a drug, it allows you to enjoy a near normal daily routine with duration of use and levels of unloading determined by the user. I wore the device for mornings only, from 8-12 for two weeks and for the following two weeks I was virtually pain free. Since my condition is chronic like yours, the pain did come back and so now I simply wear the device when the pain becomes distracting.

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