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Michael66049 posted:
I've had low and mid back pain for about 15 years. It started 6 years after a 1989 spinal cord injury that didn't hurt at all, even after it was corrected by surgery. But the same degenerative disk disease that caused the original injury is now calcifying my remaining disks, squeezing nerves and causing great pain all up and down, from waist to toes.

I thought that traction might help, and finally talked my dr. into ordering it after physical therapy. I tried it yesterday for 20 minutes before coming home, not feeling much different. But walking through the night, I felt a lot worse than I had 24 hours ago. Today has been just awful, and unless someone can convince me that traction really does help over time, I've had enough!

This is just a cautionary tale, to remind people to start new treatments heedfully, with plenty of analgesics around; and never do anything new on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or (if Holiday) Monday unless you're prepared to go to the ER!
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davedsel57 responded:

Thank you for sharing your experience. I've tried traction a few times years ago and it never worked for me - just made the pain worse.

Great advice!

Have a great day :)
Blessings, -Dave

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