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by randolph 2
Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: New member ... any help
Replies: 4
Views: 3564

Hi Larry Nerves heal slowly (months, not weeks). My initial impression is that you are having bad, recurrent pain from doing too much too early, and, possibly, the muscles around the affected disc need more strength and flexibility to bear the burden of your daily activities. My guess is the heavy-d...
by randolph 2
Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: Burning anke and shin
Replies: 3
Views: 3857

Hello again, Robert Just wanted to throw in an important caveat: patience is appropriate IF (big IF) you are making steady (even if slow) improvement. The orthopaedic surgeon whom I consulted after my herniated disc diagnosis recommended a microdiscectomy, but approved my decision to try physcial th...
by randolph 2
Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: Burning anke and shin
Replies: 3
Views: 3857

Hi Robert The pain of sciatica, like yours, is REFERRED pain - while the injury is in the spine, the effects, the pain you've described so well, are felt elsewhere. The herniated disc material reacts with the sciatic nerve at the spine, but the pain is felt anywhere along the entire length of the ne...
by randolph 2
Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: How does the story end
Replies: 1
Views: 2455

Hi Shek I can't speak for Dean (except to say, that on one of my trips thru Missouri almost 3 years ago, I met and had a long lunch with Dean ... and he seemed just fine ... we actually didn't discuss his health), but my story is ALMOST "happily ever after". Onset of horrible sciatica almost 4 years...
by randolph 2
Thu May 21, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: surgeon with sciatica
Replies: 2
Views: 3416

Dear broken dr You've got some tough choices to make. I don't envy your position AT ALL ... as much as I respect and deify doctors (which is ALOT) Hope you've been able to read Dean's May 18 blog on microdiscectomy, and heat/ice pain relief therapy. You mentioned how helpful heat therapy has been fo...
by randolph 2
Sun May 17, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: prolotherapy is working!
Replies: 9
Views: 7061

Hello Tbone and yannick I'm wondering how you're paying for the prolotherapy - insurance, cash; and how much the treatments cost? Also wondering, with all the other changes you're making with lifestyle, etc., how much of your wonderful improvements are due to the prolotherapy and how much to the oth...
by randolph 2
Thu May 14, 2009 5:35 am
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: deleted
Replies: 1
Views: 3255

Hi phenom34 Good news is that you have a good chance of healing completely ... if you allow healing to occur ... which leads to the bad news of only doing what you can without pain, for a while ... which is often not as much as we want to do, especially in regards to sexual function. Periodic mastur...
by randolph 2
Thu May 14, 2009 5:00 am
Forum: Upper Back and Neck Pain
Topic: Hi
Replies: 7
Views: 7678

Hello again Ken The lifting and twisting movements associated with activities like "helping someone move", as you know much better now, demand resting more in between individual boxes/furniture than we think we have time for. I fill and unfilled a 24' rental van during my family move in Nov '07 (wit...
by randolph 2
Thu May 14, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: Cold feet and disc problems
Replies: 1
Views: 2689

Hi Henry Sounds like it's time to get an educated diagnosis from a doctor specializing in nerve pathology. Is that difficult to do with your medical services system there? I'm assuming the physio recommended cycling, or any other cardio exercise like swimming, that would irritate the nerve less than...
by randolph 2
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: Upper Back and Neck Pain
Topic: Hi
Replies: 7
Views: 7678

Gosh, Ken, sorry to read the bad news about your relapse. Ouch! Just catchin' this goin out the door, on my way back into the big truck for another month on the road. Think I have your phone# in the truck, so I'll call soon. Randolph
by randolph 2
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Dr. Jolie Bookspan & the debate on flexion
Replies: 1
Views: 6404

Hi Lee I'd like to weigh in on the flexion controversy. Mostly anecdotal evidence here, based on lots of practice and limited understanding of exercise physiology. Herniated L5/S1 9/05 (after doing weighted squat improperly ... essentially turning a helpful exercise into a risky flexion exercise). U...
by randolph 2
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Upper Back and Neck Pain
Topic: Hi
Replies: 7
Views: 7678

Hi Symonds Welcome! Happy info hunting!! How are you using the info you're gathering? Looking for help to treat yourself or another? Seems like the vast majority of us got here with, at minimum, a mild dissatisfaction with the popular and/or expensive treatments available for some kind of back-relat...
by randolph 2
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Seated Chair Twist
Replies: 2
Views: 3485

It sounds, Lee, like your orthopaedist is applying 2 general principles and giving sound advice in a specific situation, so it might be a bit confusing. Principle 1: strive to make any physical movement with a neutral spine, that is, with a STRAIGHT spine in the direction of movement. Thus the helpf...
by randolph 2
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:09 am
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Discogenic back pain
Replies: 5
Views: 3972

Hi Jackie Gabapentin is commonly prescribed in cases like yours. Dosages commonly start at 100 to 300 mg, but can go as high as 3600 mg/day. Contraindications for taking it are if you are elderly, at risk for falls (I assume this means taking blood thinning meds, which it appears you aren't), or hav...
by randolph 2
Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Lumbar injections?
Replies: 1
Views: 2815

Hi Chris My responses to your condition are based on my experiences healing from sciatica that exploded on my scene 3 1/2 years ago and some study of the orthopaedic treatments used today to treat sciatica. I'm also an OTR driver the last 10 years. I'm somewhat surprised that prednisone was the firs...