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discs have degenerated at an alarming rate

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:08 am
by kennyjosiah
Hi my husband has been to the hospital this week for a follow up appointment at a pain clinic and was told his discs are degenerating at an alarming rate from the previous scan, (we are in the UK) his bottom discs or vertebrae (sorry I get the story 2nd hand from my hubby might have the wrong wording) have degenerated rapidly and will eventually disintegrate and he will eventually be crippled :0 is he too late for the exercises or is he not a candidate anyway for the exercise, he is in constant strong pain and will be referred to a TENS clinic but there is no other pain relief he has been offered, he has been told he may be able to have surgery (not sure what this entails but only has a 50/50 success rate) he has had the problem for about 6 years now and has had several facet injections over the years, which give temporary relief but has been told he cant have anymore of them, we live in a house with a lot of stairs is this making the problem worse ? sorry for all the questions :)

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:27 pm
by Dean
I wish I could give you definitive answers to your questions but the truth is your doctors are in a better position to do that.

However, I don't buy the going to be crippled part. Lots of people have totally lost a disc and they aren't crippled... or even in pain. There's no use worrying about something that hasn't happened yet.

As long as your doctors agree, a good physical therapy program is the first thing you should try.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:15 pm
by kennyjosiah
Dean wrote:I wish I could give you definitive answers to your questions but the truth is your doctors are in a better position to do that.

However, I don't buy the going to be crippled part. Lots of people have totally lost a disc and they aren't crippled... or even in pain. There's no use worrying about something that hasn't happened yet.

As long as your doctors agree, a good physical therapy program is the first thing you should try.


hi thankyou for your reply, we will ask the doctor next visit if he thinks physical therapy programme would be a good idea.