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Posted by Rich
on February 10, 2000 at 19:55:03:
Hi, I have had spinal problems for over 30 years. Initially this was an occasional acute lower back spasm/pain problem. I have been through a back fusion, physical therapy many times, lots of Dr's, and lots of research. I see many letters from frightened people that are in a lot of pain and don't know which way to turn. Many of these are conditions that will be more chronic as years go by. Most Doctors find these problems frustrating as there is little they can do. This is often picked up by the patient, and is not theraputically helpful! Most Dr's tend to look at it as an isolated anatomical problem, rather than looking at the person as a whole. There is a real stress put on your emotional system from the roller coaster pain. For many this turns to depression and hopelessness as time goes by, especially when no matter what you do the condition gets worse. There is hope, and there are steps you can take. Most back conditions that are not caused from traumatic injury, are related to your genetic connective tissue health. For many of us, we're born with very fragile connective tissue and it will injure with the slightest provocation. After over 30 years of worsening chronic pain, I am happy and have optimism. I would be glad to share my experiences with you. If I can help you through your journey it would be theraputic for us both.
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