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    Anyone tried low frequency laser treatment for multiple herniated disks (mine are thoracic?)
    JennyGarn posted:
    I am getting older and the pain is getting tougher to tolerate. I am afraid I will get depressed and stop trying. Ever heard of this treatment, the DO's and MD's are part of my respected PPO Plan...
    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    I've never heard of this type of treatment before - but before considering this would be sure to get a couple of opinions especially from either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They are pretty much the best at reading MRI/CT Scan results and would be able to let you know what the best treatment options are - and if they give their blessings on this type of treatment then would consider it.

    I think it would be in your best interest to do as much research on the subject as you can - and also what your exact diagnoses is - there are certain times when such treatments may be for 'slight' bulging disc - but may not be good for multiple disc problems. Only your spine specialist would be able to determine this.

    Please keep us posted as to what you find out - take care - Joy
    JennyGarn replied to bj1208's response:
    Thank you. I am going to ask a very respected orthopedic surgeon who does some disk operations, others he sends to a neurosurgeon, about this. He gives the straight scoop (he refused to operate on me but told me I was definitely injured and not imagining my pain), he just could not guarantee an operation would help and may make things worse.
    Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
    Multiple thoracic disc herniations are uncommon. Usually they are more "degenerative" than truly herniated.Laser treatment for this condition is completely unpredictable and NOT the standard of care. See a respected spine surgeon in your area for a full evaluation.
    Best of luck
    Dr Ben-Yishay
    JennyGarn replied to Ari Ben-Yishay, MD's response:
    Thank you Doctor, it is indeed a degenerative condition and the low frequency laser treatment was not expected to be effective and I am no longer considering it. The surgeon once again confirmed what others have said to me, that the pain and condition is real, not imagined, but surgery is not strongly recommended due to the thoracic location.

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