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Life Sucks, try traction?

Grace44GGrace44 Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Okay, it has been 4 months and i've gone from problem to problem, no relief. I've also moved from south jersey to boston for college.

The current problem is i can't stand or walk for more then 3 minutes without the muscle feeling like it's ripping from the bone. i have 3 herniated discs l3-l4,l4-l5,l5-s1.

should i try traction or injections?

chiro only makes it worse.

thanks
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  • But, I don't think traction would be a bad option, depend on the severity of your herniations...
  • Grace,
    I have had both, three weeks of traction although it reduced some of the symptoms, the underlying condition was never gone to be eradicated by this method and to some extent was just a tick in the box, for some people it does have varied success.

    I have had three epidurals and again had about three months relief for each one, it took the top off the pain for that time, but over time this works off and again it is attempting to mask the symptoms rather than deal with the initial cause if this is relevant. Again another tick in the box, and eventually I had my disc out and a year later a spinal fusion.

    I would expect any intervention to make it worse including increased activity or PT and some expectation of this has to be accepted, I too went to a chiro, and having assessed my condition said he could not help me, he was very helpful and pointed me in other directions, some condition are manageable through is process and some are not and it is a evaluating process.

    I am no doctor, does the pain radiate down your leg or increased in coughing or sneezing. If you lay flat on the floor what angle can you raise each leg off the floor, and they the same and does the pain increase when you raise either one. Is the sensation in the arch of your foot the same on each side, how are your toes.

    Have you got a diagnosis and what is each process intended to do, you may well have to do either or both of these to move to the next stage and no shortcuts are possible or favourable when a less invasive process is available, all this take time understanding and patience and I know you just wish to get on with life itself as we all do.

    How is college going, as you I could not stand or walk when I went and it made the overall process problematic, I studied Business management and PM.

    Good luck, 18 I was fit then......

    John
  • Literally -- I have torn discs at the same levels. First injection worked for a couple of weeks, the second one made things worse. I was referred to the surgeon. Then they told me they wouldn't operate because I had too many bad levels. I finally found someone to help me out. Not that I really want surgery, but I'm not getting any better with PT, so I need to do something. I hope you can find some relief.

    Linda

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • i feel your pain. i have herniations at all disks throughout my spine.
    they will only do traction depending on the herniation size and severity.
    i only know this because my brothers GF went to a place and they told her no way was she a canadite for it.

    so she is holding off the best she can.

    i want to wish you the very best of luck as surgery of course is the last thing you want and so do the drs.

    injections help some ppl. a ESI helped my thoacic disks when they were acting up. but did not help my lumbar as i had spondylolthesis (unstable spine) that does not show up on any test except a xray bending forward and back.
    i had a deep burning pain in my lower back that nothing touched. i thought i was going to crumble from the pain.
    of course i had a fusion and it took away that deep burn.

    seek out all your options from a pain managment dr (those are the ones that usually do injections) or seek a spine specialist and see what they have to say.

    HANG IN THERE and good luck.
    terri :)
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