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Herniated discs..

Started by Sarah4108 on 06/28/2018 1:46am

I'm now up to about 5 herniated discs; 4 in my back & 1 in the middle of my neck and have a question or two. Depending on my medication is fine but what happens when I become more immune to it? Just take another pill?
I was crushed years ago and I'm looking for ways to find pain relief outside of only medication. I also have chronic insomnia so my pain medication also helps with the side effects but what happens when they stop working? 52 days straight of no sleep because I was too young when it happened and I'm getting used to my pain medication right now. I also have degenerative disc disease along with 3 fractures to my pelvis, ribs, back etc.
The scary part is that I'm growing out of chronic urticaria and got allergic to 6 pain-bone inflammation medications already. A low thyroid doesn't help much either. Also as I'm only 28 years old, I've had just as much arthritis a 50-60 year old would have at their age.
I only brought up my health because I'm really trying to get the full picture of using a hot tub and if it's even worth it. I can't do too many excersizes and humidity can get me light headed but I can try to get used to it.

Is time in a hot tub really worth it? Has anyone gained much of anything from time in a hot tub? Pain relief, decreased bone inflammation at all? My doctors say it will help but honestly? Will it make any difference? Even with degenerative disk disease? Almost none on bone with my back. I lifted wrong and sprained it a few weeks ago so even after 10 years, my back still has surprises.
Sorry for the length and thanks for reading this.

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Hi, Sarah4108--thanks for your question about treatments for herniated discs. If you're looking to explore non-surgical options outside of medication, there are several things you can try.

Even if you're unable to exercise, it may be worthwhile to meet with a physical therapist to try out some passive therapies to speed healing. Examples of passive therapies include deep tissue massage or spending time in the hot tub like you mentioned. You can read more about these therapies here: ( Physical Therapy for Herniated Discs ).

You may also be interested in checking out this article about alternative therapies: ( Alternative Treatments for Herniated Disc ). Many people overlook these treatments when looking for different ways to reduce herniated disc pain, but they may be effective for you.

We hope this information helps as you seek out different ways to ease your herniated disc pain. We hope some of these ideas work for you!