For those who don’t know me my name is Chris and I posted an introduction about myself on the introduction section of this website. In my introduction I explained that due to my chronic pain I scour the internet for hope and for a cure. This is a long read but hopefully it will give all of you (if not some of you) some hope. We all know that there is not a cure for herniated and degenerated discs to date, but that does not mean that medical science is not advancing at an unprecedented rate and that there will not be one in the future. Too many times I have been told to stay away from surgery. That surgery is more times than not ineffective and always causes advanced degeneration through the rest of the spine. Because I am so young (28) and I have been down so many routes with alternative, conservative therapies to no avail, I have been told by doctors to continue the conservative therapies and pain meds and to deal with the pain until I cannot bear it anymore and then get surgery. Although it is bad, and at time, excruciating, overall it is bearable. I will bear it. Especially if something is right around the corner. I know this is not everyone of you so please if you need surgery get it! Most importantly listen to yourself and your doctor. Surgery is permanent and final. If I have anything to say about it I will hold off on as long as I can as there are very promising technologies just on the horizon. My plan with this blog page is to post links and some information periodically on some interesting things I have found throughout my internet searches. My goal is to provide hope both to myself and to bring that hope to you. If any of you find an article of interest please post it here on this blog. This blog is to bring hope to me too!
This article is what inspired me to get back onto spine health and to start posting again., an Australian company has been doing research in regenerating intervertebral disc cartilage. On September 10, 2009 they announced “A single low-dose injection of Mesoblast's allogeneic or "off-the-shelf' adult stem cells into severely damaged intervertebral discs resulted in dramatic reversal of the degenerative process, regrowth of disc cartilage, and sustained normalization of disc pathology, anatomy and function.” Very inspiring news. I have this company (Mesoblast) bookmarked as they are one of the only companies doing research into regenerating spinal discs instead of replacing them and has made substantial progress.
Another company has recently reported success on Intervertebral disc regeneration.
A couple of things that helped me. Granted everyone is different and different techniques help different people. I am by no means a doctor so dont take this as medical advice.
The best thing that I did for myself was purchase items to help with pain and to change my lifestyle.
I tried traction treatment. A local chiropractic clinic here in San Antonio had a machine called DRX 9000. After a couple of weeks of using it my sciatic pain was significantly reduced. Granted I still get flare ups if I over due it but I am glad I did the treatment.
How is your mattress? A firm mattress works best for me. I noticed that by replacing my mattress I woke up with little to no pain. It helps me get through the day realizing that I have one place I can go to eliminate at least some (if not all) of the pain. I purchased a sleep number bed. Best purchase I ever made. I sleep on 90 or 95 out of 100.
I purchased a good office chair. Not just a nice leather one but one that support me and my spine. I found that one with a mesh back supports my spine the best. The office chair I used at work in the Air Force was the Herman Miller Aeon office chair. Its the only chair that I can sit in for longer then a few minutes. This helps me watch movies and sit and type at my computer.
I by no means am saying they will work for you, but I am willing to pay the price and try new things because my train of thought is, how valuable is a good nights sleep? How valuable is sitting for a while and watching Tv or typing. I didnt mind making payment on these things and they have helped me change my life.
I still of course need to be careful in what I do. Just because I did something’s that help doesn’t mean I can go back to running or doing a lot of activities, but it has helped me get a lot of my quality of life back. I hope this helps.
On Oct 26, 2009, held a question and answer section titled investors briefing with the CEO. This article with show you the direction that is going and will hopefully answer some of your questions about both the company and their stem cell technology. In the article the CEO explains that while the company has other uses for its stem cell line product (bone repair, fusion) its primary purpose is to continue on it successful results with healing mild to advanced stage degenerative disc disease and herniations with stem cells. This as you will read is one of their main goals. You can check outwebsite to get more details.
Click on the Oct 26, Investors briefing
Unfortunately for both you and I, in my most recent search for medical and technological advancements to help us spineys I have been unable to come up with anything other then this Mesoblast article. Fortunately there is a company out there doing research to help us return naturally (non implant) to as close as possible before our disease. Unfortunately they are the only one. Do a search and see if you can find any other companies doing research and please post them here.
Keep your head up people. Technology is advancing and a breakthrough I feel is just around the corner.
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