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Back Pain and the Space Between

The difference between temporary relief and permanent solutions
Posted on July 22, 2014 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that steroid injections for spinal stenosis may not be effective in relieving back pain long-term, and it has the back pain community all abuzz.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Know About Back Pain

And why getting to the bottom of it can be a challenge
Posted on June 23, 2014 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

Their is always something I must point out for the public to understand - "Back Pain" is not a clinical diagnosis.

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Still Healing

Even after all this time
Posted on May 27, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

I have been trying to write all month. I just have not been feeling like myself. I have gotten some words down but then I accidently erased the whole thing.

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Road Trip

My first bit of freedom
Posted on April 25, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

I was driving a 1967 Mustang coupe before I was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor. I have not driven it since.

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The Tiger Treatment - Microdiscectomy for a Pinched Nerve

Understanding pinched nerves in the spine
Posted on April 21, 2014 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

Since Tiger Woods' withdrawal from the Masters tournament due to spinal surgery on a pinched nerve in his spine, questions are swirling about why he chose a surgical solution to his back pain and what the rest of us should know.

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FDA-approved spinal decompression is proven to eliminate herniated discs

Just before resorting to back surgery, mason discovers non-invasive solution to work-related chronic pain
Posted on April 12, 2014 | by in Defeating Chronic Pain Without Drugs

A new male patient in his 60’s who works in construction came to see me a few months ago as a last ditch effort to lessen his debilitating back pain due to damaged discs.

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Spring Cleaning and Your Spine

Do's and Don'ts to Avoid Back Pain
Posted on March 24, 2014 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

If you're like most people, you want to avoid a back injury at almost any cost. So how do you balance being bitten by the cleaning "bug" and spine safety while performing these out-of-the-ordinary chores?

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Your First Doctor Visit for Back Pain

How to prepare and what to expect during a quality visit
Posted on March 24, 2014 | by in Defeating Chronic Pain Without Drugs

If you have back pain, it’s important to “choose your words” carefully when you initially meet with your medical doctor or chiropractor the first time.

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Marching On Through March

Handling Breakthrough Pain
Posted on March 20, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

When I first started going to pain management I only had to go every three months. That was great for me because the trip itself was very painful. I had settled into a routine of doctor visits and trying to adjust to my life at home.

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Stem Cell Therapy for Lumbar Spine Disorders

Are you a candidate?
Posted on March 17, 2014 | by in Everything to know about Stem Cells in Orthopedics and Spine

Our spine is the foundation of our body and is responsible for a tremendous amount of movement and weight throughout our lives.

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March Madness: Part II

St.Patrick's Day
Posted on March 15, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

Today is the day my family is getting together to celebrate St. Patrick's day. We are going to a parade and then back to my house for corned beef and cabbage.

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March Madness

Part I: March should be Pain Management Month!
Posted on March 11, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

March is a strange month for me. I celebrate an anniversary that is both terrible and happy at the same time. This year it will be six (6) years since I have taken narcotics!

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Balances and Checks

Lack of balance doesn't keep me away from the gym!
Posted on February 28, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

I practice my balance just about every day. I know not to give up and that the spinal cord is very surprising sometimes.

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Back Pain and My Son

I couldn't believe my son already is having "back problems"
Posted on February 18, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

My son called me and said he had to go to the ER because of back pain. Don't you know my heart dropped. They did a CAT scan and referred him to a neurosurgeon.

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In Pursuit of Less Pain

How it has been going
Posted on February 11, 2014 | by in The Broken Mother

Before I had a spinal cord tumor (SCT), I never had a backache. I never really had any ache except labor pains. I was strong and healthy. Always played with my children.

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