They didn't have quite the same kind of scanners in the airports back then, but they had something that my dad's metal brace would set off. Maybe it was just metal detectors, I don't know. I just remember the security guys always having to use a handheld scanner (or metal detector or whatever) because he would set off whatever it was that they had back then. Luckily these days there are back braces that are a LOT less drastic th an what my dad had to use. (And his was oh, so attractive )
They didn't have scanners in airports then. LOL Nobody ever tells us to lay in bed anymore. As you said, that is the worst thing one can do. We need the muscle around the injury to help it heal, and to enable us to stand and sit and all the other functions we need to do. If muscle tone goes away we are in big trouble. After I had 2 discs removed from my neck I went to P.T. The lady I went to, lucky for me, was an instructor at 3 universities in 2 countries. She was really good. The first thing she did is take away my neck brace! She wanted me to use my neck muscles. It has been 24 years since that surgery, and though there are a few problems, arthritis, etc. which cause some pain, I am as close to new as I can be. The big + for the lady asking, is that P.T. will be covered by insurance, and the chiropractor will not be. Since it sounds like money is an issue, as it would be for most of us, she should look into doing P.T. so she can get the care she needs. Fran
My chiropractor uses the activator method which is very gentle. I cannot tolerate regular chiropractors treatment. I am using ice and heat and moving around very carefully. I am not supposed to lift, twist or bend as that could rupture the disc and require emergency surgery. Nancy
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I don't have any really helpful suggestions about PT or massage or things like that. I just want to say that the worst thing you could do would be to just lie in bed in the hope that your back would heal from that. When I was a kid my dad had a problem with a herniated disc and his doctor told him that he needed bed rest when he was at home. I'm pretty sure that he went to work, but when he was at home he was lying flat on his back ALL the time. Turns out that this was one of the worst things he could have done because he lost muscle tone as a result of doing it. In the end he had to wear a big, nasty metal back brace around for months to avoid surgery. (This was in the 70s so medical technology wasn't what it is today and I'm sure you can just imagine how much fun he had in aiprorts getting scanned with this big metal brace on. )
There was much rejoicing!
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If you can tolerate Chiropractic, you can tolerate a P.T. It just depends, i guess, on how long you can tolerate the pain you are living with. It won't go away without help. My pain is in L1 thru L5, which are the lowest 5 discs in the spine. Most days I deal with it, but I have days when I don't do to well at all. I suggest that you use 15 minutes of moist heat, and 15 minutes of ice 3 or 4 times a day. The MOIST heat (dry heat just makes you warm) relaxes the muscles in the area, and the ice stops the inflammation - between them they help with the pain a lot. Fran
Nancy, you need to get a referral to a deep muscle physical therapist (as opposed to a massage therapist) - your insurance will pay for that. It won't pay for a Chiropractor. You are in need of help now! He is right, you can cause more damage if you don't take care. Keep in touch. We care. Fran
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I went back to the chiropractor to discuss x-rays and get another adjustment. Bad news, My last disc in my lower spine is buldging and herniated and pressing on nerves. The cartilage is torn inside the disc. It will take many chiropractic visits and ice and pain meds- ibuprofen to fix it- about a 6 week recovery period- very expensive- over $800 or more that insurance does not cover, OUCH!! Just what I do not need. No lifting, bending or twisting or I could rupture the disc and have to have emergency surgery and that would be a 4 month recovery. OMG
With John traveling and no friends or family to help, I think I am going ot have to look into some type of resources to help me- not sure where to look.
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