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My Husband’s Aching Back

Posted by Connie on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 1:31 am and is filed under Health Information.
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My husband has been suffering with back pain for about 10 years. He’s tried everything from over the counter (OTC) medications, to prescription medications, to physical therapy and chiropractic therapy. He’s had X-rays and MRI’s done and has seen Neurologists, Surgeons and Physiatrists.

He has been diagnosed with 2 Herniated Discs, Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease. It’s been suggested that he have back surgery, but since there are no guarantees about the success, he is uncertain about what to do. We’ve heard about laser back surgery and since there is less time to recover, plus no need for anesthesia, this is another choice to consider.

With laser spinal surgery a small incision is made and an arthroscope is used instead of a large incision with traditional back surgery. There’s no need to stay in the hospital where you can get an infection or get depressed, like my husband does from just being considered a patient.

Laser spine surgeons are specifically trained for this type of surgery. You should get a second opinion of course, just as you would for any type of surgery. Ask questions! It helps to bring a list of questions with you as you may be nervous or forget what you need to know. You can also check out a doctor’s background online.  Remember the decision is yours.

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  1. Hi. I wanted to say that my husband too, suffers extreme pain in his shoulder. We found “biofreeze” at a health food store and it has help him alot, especially to get to sleep. I hope this might be something you can try and it will “ease” some of the pain. blessings..

    comment by Jeanine Chambers — October 24, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
  2. I have all of the same in my cervical spine, but due to Osteoporosis, my surgery was cancelled. I am now able to control my symptoms with exercize, drugs, and therapy. Oh yeah, and a good Rheumatologist.

    comment by Michelle — October 31, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

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