... my back. A reverse curve in my neck, no spaces between 2,3,4,5 with 2 chiropractors saying I have the back of a 65 year old man and I am 37, at the time I was 32 years old. I have tried every medicine now the VA wants to give me epidural shots in a series of 3 visits. what are your thoughts on what should be done with my situation/? sorry for a complicated case, but this is serious to me. I can't sleep, surf, go to the gym, or any of the activities I use to do
I wouldn't be taking a back that bad to a chiropracter, that's for sure. The shots might help you. My bro gets them and swears by them, other people have no luck with them so its individual. Do they give you something for pain at the VA? You obviously need good pain management.
Not complicated to fellow sufferers. I am disintegrated from L5-S1 and worsening. Bone-on-Bone.
I've tried the shots, which carry their own risks. They may offer relief, however, that feeling of relief can cause you to injure yourself further, because the pain is your body telling you something is wrong, if you move in a way to exacerbate the pain, you naturally back off (no pun intended). Masking that pain could cause a false sense of wellness. The relief (if achieved) is welcome, so long as you continue to restrict your day-to-day movements.
I have a personal aversion to Chiropractic as well (again, this is me, so please take it as a report of my own situation and not that I'm telling you to do anything).
I've achieved my best quality help form Orthopedic Surgeons (not surgery), and learning what I can do without surgery to improve my quality of life. Than again, I have a significant amount of years on you, so for me, the surgery itself is an issue, for you not as much, but I would steer you away from fusions and any other "too good to be true" remedies surgical or otherwise.
As bad as your situation may seem, at 37 you're still young enough to seek out lifestyle changes, diet, hydration and even core exercise programs from a competent person with diplomas to prove their expertise in working with extreme cases such as ours. They're out there, you just have to do your homework, check references, etc.
Hang in there, there is hope, you have to believe that, it's a major part of success.
Hope this helps. Keep me posted.
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