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My pain log and what I am doing to fix it

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:08 pm
by 1MikeD
Hi I am so excited to have found this fourm. During my time in the army I suffered a low back injury which I treated with chiropractic care which caused an upper back injury and later a neck injury. Yes that is right chiropractic hurt me bad. I have a wife and a son and am totally dedicated to getting better. Right now I am in too much pain to work and my wife is not working eighter due to the new baby.

Here are my stats:
23 years old
L5-S1 herniated and degenerative
T2-T3 Herniated
T3-T4 herniated with a 9mm devation pushing on the cord
Neck pain un-diagnosed but is on right side and goes into shoulder (caused by a cervical adjustment)

Here is my plan:
-1-2 hours of Yoga every morning
-Physical therapy twice a week at the Veterans Administration
-15-20 minutes total time each day on my inversion table (It's the kind that hangs me from the waste rather than my knees)
-Acupuncture twice a week at my school
-Shiatsu massage twice a week at my school
-1 cervical pillow and a new mattress
-For the pain I have herbs that I get from my school that I make into tea

Whish me luck and please feel free to comment and help me out it would be the most meaningful thing a person could do for me right now.


Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:44 pm
by randolph
Hi Mike

Yes indeed! It's looks like you've been doing some good thinking and planning ... and that you've gotten approval from docs to try physical therapy to rehab from your injuries.

I'm assuming the yoga exercises include Dean's basic exercises?

Only thing I can think of to add would be to trade massages with your wife (if you can, in spite of the pain) ... sounds like both of you need some TLC. Your new baby should be doing a lot of sleeping for the first few months ... so take advantage of it :D

I'd also caution you to not try to do too much too soon, to try to hurry-up healing. These back problems, especially those with nerve damage, can take several months to heal. But you've certainly got the right attitude, and being so young should help you heal faster than us older folks.

If the herbs and massage don't cut the pain effectively, try some of Dean's non-drug recommendations in his pain book. And don't hesitate to use NSAIDs for pain relief if non-drug remedies don't cut the pain effectively. Chronic use of NSAIDs can cause some internal bleeding, but occassional use is usually OK.

Please keep us posted on your progress


Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:29 pm
by 1MikeD
Thanks for the help Randolph it is much appreciated. I plan on starting the corrective exercises from rebuild your back and rebuild your neck but I can't place the order for the e-book. I tryed twice and it did not go through.

The physical therapy with the yoga I believe the acupuncture helps my neck and back more when I get it with electric stimulation. Massage some times makes me feel better and sometimes worse.

Overall I am getting very slow overall improvement.


Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:30 pm
by Dean
Hi Mike,

If you drop me an email (webmaster address at bottom of page) and tell me what PayPal is doing, I may be able to help you figure out why they aren't taking your donation.

Most common mistake people make is not entering their credit card number as a continuous string. Instead they put in the spaces between the numbers and then it comes back as invalid.


Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:16 pm
by 1MikeD
supp yall just wanted to let yall know I am coming along well and doing the yoga is really helping me.

Also I flew out to chicago a last week and saw a Naprapath who worked on me real good and identified a major muscle imbalance that I did not know I had and gave me a corrective strech and excercise for it.