I’ve had back pain for several years now. For at least the last three years that I worked, I had problems climbing all those stairs in my office building but I was too macho to use the elevator. It was even painful walking down the hallway but again when I saw anyone I knew, I would straighten up and act like nothing was going on at all. Since I have retired, I really wanted to get my back pain fixed but I kept putting it off until now!
When I complained to my personal physician about my back problem, he just prescribed more pain medication and muscle relaxants. I’m taking more pills than I can count and if it wasn’t for my Wife being so organized and conscientious about my medicine, I’d probably have overdosed a long time ago! Then again, I usually forget to take my pills if I’m not reminded so I really don’t think I’m in any danger of overdosing. But, I really need to get off so many pain killers and muscle relaxants. They can’t be that good for me.
My doctor did refer me to a back specialist that would treat me with injections of WD40! Well, that’s not really true. He did give me a series of injections in my back with some kind of steroid or cortisone that would lubricate some of the vertebrates mostly in my lower spine/lumbar. These injections did wonders for my back…for a while. And that’s the problem. They were treating the symptoms but not the cause. I wanted something done to permanently make the pain go away.
So, I got a referral to see a neurosurgeon. I kind of thought this was pretty drastic. No one that I’ve seen so far has even really looked at my back and made any kind of diagnosis of the problem. I don’t think I’m ready to have anyone cutting on my back just yet. Somebody needs to tell me what’s wrong first.
I’ve talked to my youngest Son who is a licensed professional plumber. His profession requires him to be physically active so he can’t afford to be laid up with back trouble. He’s had to go to a chiropractor twice to have his back and hip adjusted and both times he’s reported great success. Of course to hear him tell of his visits you would think he went to a wrestling match or was mugged in a back alley! He doesn’t paint his visits to his chiropractor as very painless and more pain isn’t what I’m looking for!
But, I thought I should at least give this “alternative medicine” a try. That’s how my health insurance classifies chiropractic services. Unfortunately, they also don’t cover any of the cost of “alternative medicine” which I just don’t understand. Still, I need to find a chiropractor that isn’t a quack and in the business just to file accident and insurance claims.
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