The 4 Traps Keeping you in Pain!
When you first start feeling back pain you start trying to treat the symptoms yourself. You might try exercise, stretching, chiropractic care, over-the- counter pain medications, Pilates, yoga, etc. These treatments that you try seem to “do the trick” for a few days or weeks (maybe even months) but the pain always seems to come back again. Usually the pain (symptoms) begins coming back with a vengeance. Then after unsuccessfully being able to rid yourself of the pain…
You decide to visit your medical doctor for a “better look” at the situation. While at the medical doctor’s office they don’t even do very many tests and automatically prescribe you with medications. It’s like they are on auto-pilot and nothing else matters. Usually a muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, and pain medication. You are then told to come back if not any better within 3-6 months.
You go back in 3-6 months and you are not any better. Most likely you are worse. You are given more powerful drugs and then eventually referred out for spinal injections. By this time years have elapsed since the start of your symptoms and the pain is constant and gradually getting worse. You go in for another evaluation, but this time your medical provider decides to do an MRI to determine the extent of the damage over the years.
The results are finally in! You have degenerative disc disease, a bulging, herniated, or ruptured disc. You might even have spinal stenosis and arthritis. You go for your follow-up visit after the MRI and the MD refers you out for an evaluation at the neurologist or neurosurgeon.
At this point you know what’s coming…SURGERY!
You know a couple people who have had back surgery and they are worse after the surgery. Many are on disability and in a wheelchair. The neurosurgeon tells you that he cannot do surgery on you yet
because your back is not bad enough yet (WHAT?!?!). So he tells you that you will eventually need back surgery but he will just have to continue monitoring you until that time comes.
What he is basically saying is that he wants your pain to be great enough before surgery so that when they perform surgery the pain will be less than before surgery.
For example, if your pain level is only at 4/10 pain and after the surgery your pain reduces to 2/10 pain…that’s only a 2 point reduction in your overall pain level. Well if they wait until your pain level is 9 or 10/10 pain and after the surgery the pain level is reduced to a 4 or 5/10 pain…that’s a whopping 5 or 6 point reduction in your overall pain level.
You might even consider it a success, right?
Did you know that a very high percentage of the people who have back surgery must have a second surgery? (Source: April 2002 issue of New Yorker)
Why? Keep reading…
Eugene Carragee, MD from Stanford University stated:
- Less than 25% will be completely successful;
- Majority of patients, the surgery does NOT have a dramatic impact on their pain or mobility;
- Prognosis of back free of pain “fairly poor”;
Quote from Dr. Seth Waldman, MD in the 2001 issue of Spine:
“If you have a screwdriver, everything looks like a screw. There will be a lot of people doing the wrong thing for back pain for a long time until we get it figured out. I just hope we don’t hurt too many people in the process.” Dr. Waldman actually specializes in patients with failed back surgery.
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