I am 47 years old and finally went to see a doctor this year due to severe pain. I have moderate spinal stenosis, severe degenerative disc disease, severe bone spurs (osteocytes?), facet arthropathy, sciatica, pins/needles and buzzing in my feet and many other things. The surgeon is a teaching surgeon at a highly reputable hospital. He won't fuse my back because he says my L5 S1 joint is about a year away from completing self fusion which he says should help resolve most of my problems. He says leaving the back alone might be just as fast as the spine fusion surgery recovery process. He is a surgeon and was fairly useless in helping me promote and facilitate the self healing. How can I speed this along? How can I help my spine joint fuse in a good position?
My intuition on healing says to take calcium with magnesium, vitamin D, light excercize and building core strength, no twisting, no heavy lifting or stress on my back, no trying to increase Range of Motion, focus on posture and walking posture/position and good hydration, doing anything to increase circulation to the area. Hot and cold packs? accupuncture?
Before you try any supplement, herb, over the counter item, exercise program, mechanical aid, brace, etc always consult with your doctor to make sure you get their approval.
Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..
Liz, Spine-Health System Moderator