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  1. MommaJ

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    Had the follow up on the 25th. Yes there is nerve damage but there is still a lot of swelling despite 1 week of 1000mg of naproxen daily and icing 3 times a week. So I get another week of 1000mg naproxen daily, 900mg of gapabentin, and chiropractor 3xs a week until August. At which point we evaluate again. If at that point there is little to no change we adjust the treatment plan.

    Also was re evaluated by my chiropractor on Friday and I have more movement in my hips then 8 weeks ago but he is concerned that June graduation and trip to Maine as well as Yellowstone might be more than my back and hips want to tolerate. So I am wearing a hip brace to tighten the hip muscles so they do not spread width wise but basic physical therapy will help build strength and movement in them

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    I have several discs messed up, shoulder damage, hip pain, and other stuff from an injury. Inversion table was excrucitaingly painful, as are most things where I try to lay on my back. Some meds help me sleep, others theyve tried did virtually nothing helpful. Ive had several dozen shots. They help some. One thing that helps alleviate some of the back pain when it gets more painful than usual is a neck traction device. Someone told me it helped them, so I got one and tried it. It worked for me to a degree.

    The one I got is called a Neck Pro cervical traction device. I dont have normal doors to use their door bracket, so put a ring in the ceiling above my main chair to hook it to.
     
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    My SI Joints move too much and I also have hip pain. My therapist and MD suggested this. It has really helped me.
     
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    @MommaJ hey Momma im a little late to this party but wanted to throw in my two cents...

    About 18 years ago my spine was broken... About 15 years ago they figured it out and fused my L1 S5... For me the most fortunate thing that I am well aware of is that time is on my side, as despite my tenure in the bad back world I'm only 33 now.

    I went to quite a few doctors and was basically told there's nothing more to be done, just keep taking the Vicodin every day. By the time I took over my own treatments my body would fabricate pain any time I didn't have Vicodin, I lost sight of what the real source was. I highly recommend just finding a workout that works for you, low impact is of course a major thing (for me it was sweating my butt off on a stationary bike) but as I lost weight and gained muscle my pains went away completely and I was certainly able to push my body as much as I wanted, so long as I paid attention to the cues. Funny enough yoga has revealed itself to be the most dangerous to me, since I do push myself when in that workout mentality and I've had to learn to accept that my flexibility can only get so far haha.

    Last summer I hurt my knee bad enough that it took about a month or two before things were normal again and during that time I fell off the wagon and then life happened, I haven't worked out once in about a year and I am finally seeing some of those old pains coming back. I just have to stay active and push my body gently or it all reverts.

    Hope this helps a bit, after years of doctors causing me to lose hope, it turns out I just needed to take some weight off my spine and add some muscle. I don't think it's that simple for everyone but I thought my story was at least prudent to tell you.

    Good luck!
     
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    Well my neurologist has stated he can do more but send me to a pain management doctor or a neurosurgeon . I choose the neurosurgeon but I also have an appointment with a rheumatologist. The issue is either due to an injury that is refusing to heal or due to a joint issue/ligament issue.
     
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    Well today was a good day. I am glad I self referred myself to a rheumatologist he is running a bunch of tests including one for a.s but he did say that there is definite severe hypermobilty which will cause all of my various issues and is starting treatment for that while waiting for the blood tests to come in. He anticipates that within a month my pain will decrease and I will be able to do more with less pain but that with the hypermobilty injuries will take longer to heal and it will be easier to hurt myself while doing normal activities.

    So now i am thinking of putting off seeing the neurosurgeon until after I follow up with the rhematologist in 4 weeks
     
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    I love it when a plan comes together. :)
     
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    I second this, however an alternative or companion all natural pain killer is Arnica. It comes in a gel or paste and you rub it on the affected area, it works wonders. I currently am using it now on a very broken finger.
     
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    So glad things are moving along for you! As long as you have something to work with, that's a good thing!
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