last week someone asked me "what did you do to allieve your pain and also to avoid surgery?" I said pretty much what we all do pre-surgery... physical therapy, anti-inflammitoy drugs, trigger point injections, exercise, 2 rounds of epidurals, accupunture and chiro. Heat and cold wraps and purchased and made untold amount of pillows.
Below is some of the really classic stupid money/time wasting therapies I did and I really suggest if you want to do these, proceed with caution!
Ok so here is the stupid stuff I did...
Alright, I love massages, so I got a deep tissue one for neck and traps and believe me went I left the therapist I thought she was heaven on earth. That night and for next week I was in unbearable agony. The unbearable pain as a result of this sent me to pain management Doctor. That dr. suggested light "flushing" massage in future.
DRX 9000 Cervical TRACTION MACHINE sessions cost a fortune($4000)! After 22 sessions MRi taken before and immediately after showed further disc dehydraTION AND NO IMPROVEMENT. (and this center tried to hardball sell me $165 monthly vitamin supplements) This Chiro center is now out of business.
If you call the makers of drx9000 you won't get any support info but you will find on their website they offer chiropracters who purchase this machine substantial co-op ad money to pay for newspaper ad campaigns. Thats why you always see the ads.)
Sacral Cranial massage therapy..Ok my fault, should have read up on this before booking appointment with "experts" who founded this. Imagine spending $150 to have someone massage the roof of your mouth!
(This one really took the cake, boy did i walk out of that "medical center" feeling like a fool.)
Cupping. I now call it VOODOO cupping. Ok in my defense this is was early on in my ***** for pain relief.
The "therapist" lights candles in cups puts them upside down on your muscles and the suction created is supposed to wisk away pain and leave system detoxed. So stupid! All it does is leaves cup size hickys on neck and traps! My husband couldn't help but laugh.
Purchased inversion table going back to the traction theory. Didn't help! bought it a Costco for $200 sold it on craigs list for $80.
If you have any other therapies that didn't work, please reply and save us all some money and time and further injury and perhaps give us a smile!
I'm cracking up, you beat me only by a bit. Although I didn't realize the massage was bad,I have a machine that I use and press it into my neck (even though it advises not to.
I did the traction (I thought it was good but probably made it worse), the Chiro whcih definitely made it worse. I did Reiki, but it didnt help, I tried acupuncture and it did nothing (I was really hoping for results on that one since a lot of people say it does work).
OK here is my # Kicker!!!!!!!
I went to a healling mass where people were passing out left and right when the priest would touch them, well he got to me and nothing! Not even a flinch I had...I was like, "am I the Devil that this didn't work!!!!!???"
They said sometimes it takes time, well 5 months later and still the same...
although I am still praying that maybe it will kick in one day!
I'm "young" in the game, as I haven't made it to the point of needing surgery yet. But in just shy of a year's time I've ponied up thus far for 45+ physical therapy co-payments, therapeutic massage, two cervical neck pillows, a travel cervical neck pillow, a lumbar roll, a king size traditional heating pad, a heated mattress pad for the bed, three moist heat pads like they use in the hydrocollators at PT, enough of those temporary store stick on heat packs that you should all buy their stock and.... a partridge in a pear tree. :-) Just kidding on that last one.
Seriously though, the BEST thing I've got so far has been free: a TENS unit my PT gave me. For some reason, the medical equipment company has yet to bill me for it. When that bill does come, it will totally be worth it. I don't care what they will charge me for it. I love that little thing.
Last edited by moonchaser; 03-23-2007 at 07:14 PM.
OOPS I forgot the tens unit yes I have one too and I am glad it works for someone but it does not do much for me. if you read the directions AFTER THE PURCHASE it says not for mucle spasms!!!!!! Well if I weren't haven't muscle spasms I wouldn't have needed it! Another $100 down the drain.
I have a TENS unit, too!!!! I seriously have tried everying, including ACDF in Jan!!!
Yea the name ROLFING sounds like someone drank too much beer and got nauseous!
You guys make me feel less alone with these posts~
I have been looking for somewhere to confess my foolishness in treating my neck pain/ stiffness, muscle spasms and headaches.
I have a collection of braces hanging in a wardrobe that looks like something you would see at a bondage parlour. i have various neck cervical collars, cross shoulder braces, thermoskins ( the neck one has helped, just can't go outside in it!). aslo have a great collection of hot/cold packs.
i had one physio who tried to sell me the wonder juice " **********" should be called snake oil. another stuck acupuncture needles in my neck/ shoulders and attached electrodes to them. traction - great whilst on it, then when finished the weight of my head just compresses everything down again.
don't get me started on "miracle" creams etc. sea minerals a naturapath tried to sell me, glucosamine tablets,fish oil tablets. heat patches - might work if they would stay on my neck and not fall off everyhwere ( also- why are these always bloody white, talk about not being obvious!), chinese herbal patches - these work because they smell so bad you're distracted to the point of passing out.
massage with ocean sounds playing in backround. felt good until I got outside clinic near main rd and copped the traffic noise.
subliminal tapes to help me relax- won't even tell family about this one!
sleeping without a pillow - no one warned me I would have sore ribs on this one where my wife kept prodding me when I snored.
a threpaist did manipulation on my neck and said it is now adjusted but would need to keep coming back. what! pay $50 to have some idiot do what I do ten times a day already and was wanting to stop. yep! he cracked my neck didn't he. nearly tipped me over to insanity that one, was so angry with myself for being so stupid.
I feel much better now, this was probably the best thing I've ever done (lol) and it didn't cost me a thing.
I have fractured costachondral joints. I have herniated discs at L3-L4, L5-S1, c5/c6, c6/c7, t8/t9. I am 40 and formerly athletic. I have tried the following:
1. DRX900- Actually irritated my neck and back. Absolutely does nothing!
2. Percosets, flexoril, skelactin, mobic- Did nothing
3. Tems- Hardee har har. Even my pain therapist said it was an excuse to make money for physical therapists
4. Mckenzie stretches- nothing
5. Accupuncture- nothing
6. Walking in a pool wading my arms- zero
7. Light weights- made it worse
8. Chiropractor- Subsequent MRI showed new annular tear in neck. Worst thing imaginable
9. Breathing exercises- nothing
10. Told by pain management that steriod may provide immediate relief but will wear out my body in the long run.
My thoracic surgeon, one of the best in the U.S., says that the only thing that will work is time. He says surgery is a terrible risk and usually not successful. So I will wait until I feel better and laugh with all those who had similar experiences.