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learning to cope with degenerative discs

brianb69bbrianb69 Posts: 1
edited 01/19/2015 - 7:11 AM in New Member Introductions
So, three years ago, possibly 4, I was at my worse... years of jogging, weights and very physical activities... followed by icing my back and joints at sleep, I could barely walk or lift my legs over a tub's edge. I had my MRI... I visited chiropractors...
in my mid 30's... spoke with my medical malpractice attorney sister.
...and here I am.

Once diagnosed with multiple degenerative discs (mind you previously diagnosed with bulging discs), the neurosurgeon suggested physical therapy and cortisone. My first cortisone experience with a top-notch doctor stunk. It happens and I know this - not the doctor's fault. But I was in so much pain and set back, that years later, I still refuse such. It's a gamble.

Mind you, exercise was everything to me... but I stopped in hopes to regain strength and heed deterioration... and years later it has worked. Period.

I bought an infrared inversion table, 3-6 inches of bed memory foam, stopped wearing my workplace heels, a ball chair, and held my breath. Complete lifestyle change that has worked with time and patience.

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