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Old 04-07-2007, 09:18 PM   #1
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My thoughts on treating back, hip and joint pain...

Please note that I am, by no means, involved in the health industry whatsoever. Whether it be an MD, a chiropractor, or a GNC employee lol.

This is my opinion when it comes to surgery and meds... Basically, PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!

I recently had a lot of back problems which I documented on here. It was something that I dealt with for 3 months and I was almost sure what I had was to the point of being considered "chronic." It was a pain in my lower back, deep in my buttocks and thigh on the left side, and tingling and shooting pain in my left leg and foot.

I had finally gone to the ER after about 2 - 2 1/2 months of waiting for a miraculous day where I felt back to normal.

What did the ER doctor do? It went something like this...

The doctor put his hands on my feet and told me to push on his hand. No problem.

What did he do next?

"OK, here is a prescription for anti-inflammation, muscle relaxors, and pain killers."

Wow, I come here looking for the reason I am going through what I'm going through (I am VERY active and competitive when it comes to sports, I participate at least 2x a week) and this is the best he can do for me?

Give me a break, bottom line is this. I have had nothing but bad experiences with doctors. Instead of going home and doping up on all the meds thrown at me from the ER doctor, I decided to move forward and live with the pain until I could find myself a solution. That allowed me to gauge the actual progress of my injury (and believe me, I fought through a tremendous amount of pain) and not mask it behind some pain-disguising medicine. If I did exactly what he told me to do, I'd probably be here in worse shape and possibly to the point where it would be considered chronic! I went to a chiropractor who eventually straightened me out, literally (I had a horribly misaligned hip causing leg shortness and extreme mobility and pain) but a PT, Orthopedic or other knowledgable expert could have helped me out in the same manner.

Please, don't resort to surgery unless all options have been exhausted. It's one thing if your injury is unable to be cured. It's another if there is a glimpse of hope for a full or close to full recovery. The body is an amazing thing. Attempt it in a more natural manner before you decide to go do something radical.

Remember, being a doctor is a job performed by a human. Some do it better than others. IF you decide to go that route, find someone who is more than qualified for the task at hand!

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Old 04-07-2007, 11:17 PM   #2
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Re: My thoughts on treating back, hip and joint pain...


Good advice!

As you say it all depends if you see someone who actually knows what they are doing!!

Although a chiropractor sorted you out i have had mixed advice on using them and osteopaths.
Which route do you take?
I am goin to left for another 3 months tilli see my consultant popping pills to help the pain to make my life bearable.

Old 04-08-2007, 06:15 AM   #3
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Re: My thoughts on treating back, hip and joint pain...

Keep in mind an ER doctor is there to treat emergencies, not to do long workups on what might be causing back pain. You need to start with your GP and get a referral to a specialist. I don't necessarily like it but that is the way our heath care system is set up.

Early on, I spent 5 months at a chiropractors office. When I ask him why I wasn't getting any better he said "what do you expect, you have chronic pain" That is when I left and canceled my remaining appointments.

I think they are great to speed up something that would have gotten better on-it's-on without their help. Kind of like the regimen used by sports trainers to get players back in the action quicker.

Old 04-08-2007, 06:41 AM   #4
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Re: My thoughts on treating back, hip and joint pain...

I have to agree with Jack. I think you have to work with a doctor with a while before you can dismiss medical treatment. I went to my GP and we tried several approaches to my leg pain before she sent me for an MRI. The results of my MRI prompted her to send me to a specialist. He put me on new pain meds and sent me to Physical Therapy for several weeks, etc. We tried many approaches before we went the surgery route. My case is different, he felt like I was in danger of permanent nerve damage, because if my symptoms, but he still tried several approaches with me. I just believe that you need to really work with someone who knows you and knows your background.

That said, everyone is different. Each person has to do what he believes is best for him in his situation. I wish you the best!

Old 04-08-2007, 09:49 AM   #5
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Re: My thoughts on treating back, hip and joint pain...

ER doctors only respond to emergency's..the family doctors try to help us get through things. But an MRI is the only way of knowing what is really going on. Maybe you had a mild sprain or mild something. Most of us here have worse conditions, that don't go away.

But if that helped you great. Knowing that I do have a real medical condition that was worsening would keep me from ever letting someone manipulate my spine personally. i am bad enough off. I know alot of people do believe in chiro's and that is great. I saw my neighbor try that approach spend around two grand and still ended up in surgery.

And hopefully your situation stays better. I know in my life I had alot of bad to good times, before it finally all the way bit the dust so to say.

I wish you the best, and hope that works for you.

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