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What Have You Tried?
Chris_WebMD_Staff posted:
Has a holistic approach helped you at all with your back pain? What has helped you most?
Chrissy~ WebMD Staff

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

bj1208 responded:
Hi Chris -

these are all the treatments that I have had with no results:

Numerous steroid injections, 2 radio frequency nerve ablation, numerous pain shots, numerous physical therapy and chiropractor treatments including: massage, numerous exercises, a TENS unit like treatment with heat/ice, electrode treatments, sonogram type with a laser heat treatments,Trial Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant and I have tried herbs and supplements (upset stomach real bad)

These are the tests I've had: 4 discograms, 4 myelograms, numerous x-rays, MRI's, CT Scans.

What works for me is: summertime: laying across air mattress letting feet/legs hang down (weightlessnes) all year round: sitting in hot tub. These work really well WHILE I'm i neither the pool or hot tub, but as soon as I get out it's pain city.

Even the heavy narcotics I'm on just barely touches the pain.

Well, that's my story~~Joy
Weezie6452 responded:
I've used accupuncture, massage, and some naturopathic supplements with good results. Adding meditation would probably be a good idea. My traditional doctors are willing to add this to our treatment mix, and my PCP actually encourages me to continue with the accupuncture.
fetay replied to bj1208's response:
Oh Joy, I am sorry to see that you have tried so many things and they have not worked for you. Did the spinal cord stimulator seem to help you at all??
davedsel57 responded:
I've tried:

Prolotherapy in the early 90's. This is a salt and sugar based solution that the pain management specialist injects into the ligaments, tendons and discs. The idea is to cause inflammation and then healing. No sustained relief.

Physical Therapy in the early 90's. Working on different stretches and having something like a tens unit put on my back. No sustained relief.

Hydrotherapy. Done is public pool clubs. We were going to a pool club at a local Marriot in the early 2000's. Worked pretty well. They decided to close the pool to the public and open it only to guests. Tried an aquatic center after that, but it was too crowded and the pool water was kept too cold for me.

Chiropractic Adjustments. Began in 2003. Done about once per month or more often as needed. Our chiro practices straight chiropracty - no gimmicks or gadgets, just adjustments and healthy living recommendations. Works.

Sleep Number Bed. Purchased in 2008. Worth every penny.

Hot Tub. Purchased in 2008. Works, but it is difficult to maintain and getting more difficult for me to get in and out of. Its up for sale but no buyers. We would like to put a walk-in whirlpool tub in our bathroom someday soon.

Positive Attitude: Works well all the time.
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bj1208 replied to fetay's response:
the SCS trial was put in and it helped my legs but it made the pains in my lower back worse so I had it removed the next day -

I'm thinking of trying another one that uses flat panals instead of leads - the surgeon has about 90% success with his patients and has testimonials all over his walls! the one I had done was just leads and I could feel them which hurt -


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